They did it ! After seven consecutive failures, the France U17 team managed to ward off bad luck by qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup by crushing Spain by 6 to 1. Jean-Claude Giuntini, very concentrated, have never panicked under the Spanish pressure put from the beginning of the game, even after the opening of the score of captain of Roja, German Valera. For proof: the Blueberries were immediately remobilized by equalizing after a head of Tanguy Kouassi before rolling out and finishing with a total of six goals scored in a totally outdated Roja. This French formation, which releases something decidedly special, has deserved to savor this victory before the battle that awaits it Thursday night in the semifinals of the World Cup.
“Spain does not scare us, I know our quality: we are a real team, friends, and nobody can go against it”. The least that can be said is that Nianzou Kouassi had been right. This young team from France is definitely a group of friends playing for each other before being a pile of individualities. For proof, the six tricolor goals scored this Monday night were by six different players. Eliminated in the eighth of the last World Cup (1-2) and in the quarterfinals of the Euro (3-1) by Spain, the Blueberries offered themselves a nice collective revenge by inflicting on the Spanish hopes the heaviest defeat of their history in major tournament.
Yet this quarter-final was far from won. Shoved by the grinta of their opponents, the young blue shoots, at the beginning of the match, had a hard time respecting the instructions given by Jean-Claude Giuntini : confiscate the ball to the Spaniards to prevent them from posing their possession game. Very quickly, the French cashed a first warning of German Valera from the entrance to the surface (7th) before the captain of La Roja put his threat to execution. On a bad axial recovery of Nianzou Kouassi, the hope of Atlético Madrid has deceived Melvin Zinga a low shot that left him no chance (9th).
After chaining four victories over Chile (2-0), South Korea (3-1), Haiti (2-0) and Australia in the eighth (4-0), the French understood that they were going to be heckled for the first time in the competition. And they knew how to react. It all started on a cornerAdil Aouchiche. The tense center of the Parisian nugget in the direction of the second pole was perfectly taken up by Nianzou Kouassi, catapulting his head to the bottom of the netsIvan Martinez (21e). Back at height, the Blues have gradually gained ground. And very quickly, the orders. Following a beautiful combination, Nathanael Mbuku, well helped by a hand foul of the Iberian goalkeeper, only had to push a good ball dIsaac Lihadji (36th) to give the advantage to the Blues before returning to the locker room.
Spain swept away
Then everything went very fast. On the first French incursion of the second period, the pearl of the OM, Isaac Lihadji came out of nowhere to offer the goal of the break to the Blues who felt the wind definitely turn. They then supported where the Spaniards were struggling: on the air game. From a new corner, Adil Aouchiche delivered his second by aiming the head of Timothy Pembele (54th, 4-1) before offering a third one by centering on that of Georginio Rutter (60e, 5-1). And to punctuate his performance XXL, the Paris Saint-Germain playmaker even had the luxury of affording the sixth goal tricolor of a magnificent shot in the skylight at the very end of the game (90 + 3, 6-1) to humiliate a team from Spain completely overwhelmed by the events.
Following in the footsteps of the 2001 generation, that of Mourad Meghni, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Anthony Le Tallec, the only selection U17 sacred world champion, the generation of 2019 is more than two steps to emulate them.
For that, it will first beat Brazil or Italy in the night from Thursday to Friday. The young Parisian defender Tanguy Kouassi only has this word in his mouth: “I want to be world championAnd that's all we can wish him.