Corinne Diacre, the coach of Les Bleues, had warned the press on Tuesday afternoon. ”The French national team is going to play against Norway, not against Ada Hegerberg. And it is a team that qualified for this World Cup without her.” In France, Hegerberg’s absence has made headlines. It has been easy for the media to underestimate Norway as a result. On Wednesday night though, France realized pretty early on that the Scandinavian team was going to be a tough opponent. Ultimately, France found a way to win its second game of the competition, but the success came after real periods of struggle. Since the beginning of the tournament, Diacre has had the same motto : “leave your emotions at the door”. Against Norway, her players struggled to apply that principle. The opening quarter of an hour was a bit of an anticlimax for the home team. After a warm welcome from the fans and a thrilling rendition of La Marseillaise, France started the game looking stressed. Diacre’s side often lost the ball in midfield and struggled from set-pieces. Norway almost took advantage, but couldn’t find a way past Amel Majri. At the end of the first half, Les Bleus might have regained control but… Read full this story
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