Les Bleues beat Brazil in a friendly but do not reassure
The French women’s handball team again won against Brazil (23-18) in a friendly match. Still…
The French women’s handball team again won against Brazil (23-18) in a friendly match.
Still in the adjustment phase in attack, the French women’s handball team won again against Brazil (23-18) in a friendly match on Tuesday at Mouilleron-le-Captif (Vendée), four days after a first victory against these same opponents (22-18).
Undefeated in 2023, Olivier Krumbholz’s players continue their offensive overhaul, almost nine months before the next international competition, the World Cup-2023 (November 30 – December 17) in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
The site remains large, as the Blues struggled to overcome the Brazilians, deprived of one of their offensive weapons: the Messina Bruna de Paula, already absent during the first meeting between the two teams.
Like Friday at the Palais des sports de Beaublanc (Limoges), Brazil immediately took the score on their own, taking advantage of the lack of precision of the French in attack, and a guilty weak time (9-6, 23rd).
A walk from Estelle Nze Minko from the first offensive of the Blues had revived the memory of the multiple failed possessions of the first opposition between the two teams. These concerns were confirmed at half-time, after a first period dominated by Brazil (10-8), taking advantage of ten French losses of balls.
But the French first equalized (13-13, 43rd), thanks in particular to several decisive saves by Camille Sinceet, who entered at half-time, before taking the lead (15-14, 45th) to never again loose it.
Several goals from Chloé Valentini (16-14, 48th) and Coralie Lassource (21-18 then 22-18, 56th) in the transition game then made it possible to widen a clear gap. This advantage, barely thicker than that acquired on Friday, shows, like the difficulties encountered, the work that the Blue must do five months after their big defeat against Norway in the semi-finals of the Euro (28-20), and one year away from the Olympic Games in Paris.
By then, the Bleues should find several major players like Cléopâtre Darleux, Grace Zaadi, Béatrice Edwige, Méline Nocandy or Aïssatou Kouyaté, who all missed these two friendly matches.