France Women 2 – 1 Belgium Women

France qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 with a 2-1 victory over Belgium at New York Stadium.

France opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Kadidiatou Diani headed for the far post and although it was one-sided for much of the half, Belgium scored an equalizer after 36 minutes when Janice Cayman carefully drove home.

The French regained their advantage soon after when Griedge Mbock Bathy came home insistently on her first appearance in the tournament.

Belgium were reduced to 10 players with a minute to play when Amber Tysiak received his marching orders for handball inside the box, but Wendie Renard missed the resulting penalty.

It didn’t take long for France to settle into the routine that earned them five goals against Italy on Sunday and the first chance of the game fell for the French when Clara Mateo’s drilled corner found the header de Renard, but she headed wide of the target three minutes later.

Belgium equalized against France in the first half

France again looked wide to exploit their opponents and found joy six minutes later when Sakina Karchaoui made a sweeping run down the left and her cross was sent home by Diani to make it 1 -0.

Karchaoui proved to be a threat down the left and once again fired a ball into Diani but this time his header was turned off the post by Nicky Evrard from close range.

Belgium were tied against the run of play when the Caymans overtook pressing Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

However, France were quick to regain their lead when five minutes later Mbock Bathy headed Eve Perrisset’s drilled cross from close range.

Wendie Renard missed a penalty in the second half
Wendie Renard missed a penalty in the second half

France have always remained in control and Belgium have Evrard to thank for keeping the score 2-1 when they made a fine save to counter Ouleymata Sarr.

France should have put the game to bed in the dying minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Tysiak handled and a second yellow card saw the Belgian sent off.

But Evrard again denied France as they went low to save Renard’s kick.

Follow Euro 2022 on Sky Sports

Keep up to date with all the latest Euro 2022 news on Sky Sports and Sky Sports News this summer.

Coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will provide analysis throughout the tournament.

They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.

Pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women’s Euro 2022 mobile presentation bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to the various stadiums where the matches are taking place.

Additionally, Sky Sports’ essential football podcast will be rebranded for the Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast Tournament from June 21. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews in addition to a solid tournament programme.

The schedule…

Group stage:

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England 1-0 Austria

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland

Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal 2-2 Switzerland

Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium 1-1 Iceland

Group D: France 5-1 Italy

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria 2-0 Northern Ireland

Group A: England 8-0 Norway

tuesday july 12

Group B: Denmark 1-0 Finland

Group B: Germany 2-0 Spain

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy1-1 Iceland

Group D: France 2-1 Belgium

friday july 15

Group A: Northern Ireland – England – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Group A: Austria vs Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland vs Germany – kick off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden vs Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout stage


Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Group A winners v Group B runners-up – 8pm kick-off, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-final 2: Group B winners v Group A runners-up – kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium

friday july 22

Quarter-final 3: Group C winners v Group D runners-up – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-final 4: Group D winners vs. Group C runners-up – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium


tuesday july 26

Semi-final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 vs. Quarter-Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK


Sunday July 31

Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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