Even in the U20 category, the United States remains the reference in world football. The French women were able to see this when they entered the competition at the Sud Ladies Cup, the women’s Maurice-Revello Tournament, this Friday. Sonia Haziraj’s Bleuettes, led by Parisian Laurina Fazer in particular, fell (1-3) against more physical and tactically coherent Americans. Simone Jackson quickly launched the USA team (6th), and Esther Mbakem-Niaro missed two big equalizing chances before the break.
Coming off the bench, Jade Nassi put the Bleuettes back in the game by scoring after halftime (50th). But the immediate release was sanctioned, since Trinity Byars put the United States in front in stride (52nd). Byars made the break at the end of the match on a failed exit from goalkeeper Marie Petiteau (90th). The French will try to bounce back against the Netherlands on Sunday, still in Aubagne.