Preview: France Women vs. Belgium Women

Preview: France Women vs. Belgium Women

Following a 5-1 win over Italy to begin the tournament, France Women will be looking to clinch another victory when they face Belgium Women at the New York Stadium on Thursday.

Belgium, meanwhile, are aiming to collect their first win of Women’s Euro 2022 after drawing 1-1 against Iceland in their opening game.

France could not have wished for a better start to the tournament after they thrashed Italy 5-1 on Sunday to begin their campaign with a statement victory.

Impressively, all five goals were scored in the first half, with Grace Geyoro opening the scoring before Marie-Antoinette Katoto doubled her side’s advantage in the 12th minute.

Delphine Cascarino grabbed a third in the 38th minute, while Geyoro scored two quickfire goals to wrap up her hat-trick before half time.

Italy pulled a goal back through Martina Piemonte in the first half, but that did not dampen France’s mood as they cruised to a 5-1 victory.

Having scored 16 goals in their last three games, France will believe that they have the firepower to beat Belgium on Thursday as they look to clinch a 16th consecutive victory.

Meanwhile, Belgium will be hoping to build upon the point that they picked up from their opening game against Iceland.

Sunday’s contest remained goalless at half time after Iceland’s Berglind Bjorg Thorvaldsdottir missed the chance give her side the lead from the spot.

However, Thorsvaldsdottir needed just five second-half minutes to put the penalty miss behind her, with the forward heading home the opening goal to give her side a slender lead.

Despite falling behind, Belgium managed to leave the Academy Stadium with a point thanks to Justine Vanhaevermaet, who dispatched her spot kick in the 67th minute, ensuring that the spoils were shared.

Although picking up a positive result may prove to be a difficult task against an in-form French team, Belgium can draw inspiration from the fact that they have lost twice in their previous 11 games.

France Women Women’s European Championship form:
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Belgium Women Women’s European Championship form:
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We say: France Women 4-1 Belgium Women
Although Belgium can take confidence from a hard-fought draw against Iceland, we think that they will struggle to cope with France’s firepower, and we expect Diacre’s side to clinch another comfortable victory on Thursday.

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