France sweeps Slovakia at Euro U19 opener

The game: 5-0

Victory, clean sheet, all attacking scorers, the France U19 team had a perfect match against Slovakia, hosts of this Euro. A much weaker team which is participating in its second European championship in this category. In this competition, the pressure is on the shoulders of the Bleuets whose objective is the final victory after the successes of the U20s at the Maurice Revello tournament and the U17s at the Euro.

The locals were more concerned and more precise during the first ten minutes before giving in on the first real French chance. On a climb from Pereira, Tchaouna passed in front of his vis-à-vis to push the ball into the empty goal after a perfectly adjusted low cross (16th).

A tactic that was that of the Blueberries throughout the meeting: go through the sides, with if possible the help of the side, very visible for 90 minutes. The rare strikes coming from the axis, often at the initiative of Tchaouna, only rarely worried the opposing defense. In the 33rd minute, the French doubled the lead through Bonny after clever work by Virginius to eliminate the Slovak goalkeeper.

The 3-0 ball was missed before the break, despite the empty goal. Adeline, left alone in depth, pushed his ball too much but somehow found Virginius whose shot went around the stands. The Slovaks definitely sank between the 57th and 61st under the centers of the Tricolors. Three goals in 5 minutes, including a brace from Virginius.

Victory 5-0, without ever shaking. What to approach with confidence the next meeting Tuesday against Romania. Thanks to this success, Les Bleuets temporarily take the lead in Group A.

Player: Loum Tchaouna

Perhaps not the most anticipated player of this Euro, Loum Tchaouna entered the competition in the best way. One goal, two assists, just that. In addition to the statistics, the Stade Rennais player participated enormously in the game while switching regularly with Virginius. He even tried his hand at long shots. Without success. In the center or on his side, he made his speed and his very good handling of the ball speak to guide his team towards this first victory.

The fact: Bondo’s worrying injury outing

The only negative point for the U19 in this very beautiful afternoon is the injury of one of its executives, Warren Bondo. The midfielder of AS Nancy Lorraine had to give up his place in the 49th minute. After contact with an opponent, Bondo lay down from the pitch and immediately asked for the substitution. Without limping, he left the lawn, probably hit in the back. Back in his place, Florent Da Silva took the opportunity to show all his qualities. The OL player could even have scored several times, including on a free kick near the surface.

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