France secured a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 with a 2-1 win over Belgium at New York Stadium.
France opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Kadidiatou Diani headed in at the back post and although it was one-way traffic for most of the half, Belgium struck a surprise equalizer on 36 minutes when Janice Cayman slotted cleanly into the net.
The French regained their advantage soon after as Griedge Mbock Bathy headed home with vigor in her first appearance of the tournament.
Belgium were reduced to 10 players with a minute remaining when Amber Tysiak received her marching orders for handball inside the box but Wendie Renard missed the resulting penalty.
It didn’t take long for France to adjust to the routine that earned them five goals against Italy on Sunday and the first chance of the game came to the French when Clara Mateo’s drilled corner caught Renard’s head but she sent her header in missed the goal three minutes later.
France once again looked wide to exploit their opponents and were delighted after six minutes when Sakina Karchaoui made a quick run down the left and her cross was turned in by Diani to make it 1-0.
Karchaoui proved dangerous down the left and threw another ball at Diani, but this time Nicky Evrard’s header was turned against the post from point-blank range.
Belgium were level against the run of the game as Cayman slid past the oncoming Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.
It didn’t take long for the French to restore their hand, however, as five minutes later Mbock Bathy headed in Eve Perrisset’s drilled cross from close range.
France were always in control and Belgium had Evrard to their credit for keeping it 2-1 as they fended off a fine save against Ouleymata Sarr.
France should have ended the game in the final minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Tysiak had treated and a second yellow card saw the Belgian sent off.
But Evrard denied France again as she went deep to save Renard’s penalty.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/france-belgium-wendie-renard-new-york-italy-b2123622.html France advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 by beating Belgium