The France team lost very largely (5-0) against Germany, this Tuesday in Tampere during its last outing in this elite World Cup, group A. Fortunately for the Blues, they were already assured of maintaining , and this meeting presented no stakes.
A (heavy) defeat for the road. Tuesday, in Tampere (Finland), during its last outing in this elite World Championship co-organized in Finland and Latvia, the Blues received a slap (5-0) against a German team which dominated the end match end and never left the slightest chance to Philippe Bozon’s players. Fortunately for the Blues, this slap is inconsequential.
Despite four defeats in total since the start of this World Cup, including four in the last four games (5-3 against Finland, 4-0 against Sweden and a terrible 9-0 against the United States before the 5 -0 on Tuesday), the French, who had started the tournament with a victory against Austria (2-1) – the only one for the Habs – had indeed ensured their maintenance before playing this final meeting. An excellent thing that they owe to their two setbacks after extra time (synonymous with one more point in the standings despite the defeat), against Denmark (4-3) and Hungary (3-2). An excellent thing, because otherwise, this last outing against the Germans could have proved decisive.
Three games without scoring, a first for the Blues for 19 years
And to see how Alexandre Texier and his partners suffered Tuesday in front of the 4th of this group A whose team of France finished 6th (out of eight), it would not have been better. Germany did not wait more than four minutes to materialize their clear domination, on a goal from Alexander Ehl. Frederik Tiffels (16th), John Peterka (23rd), Daniel Fischbuch (44th) and Maximilian Kastner (54th) then imitated their partner and first scorer of the evening, also taking advantage of a very friable French defense like indiscipline of the Blues, who have lost another player (Loïc Farnier) on expulsion and end this World Cup with almost three times more penalty minutes (126) than last year.
For the third time, the Blues, who only tried their luck thirteen times on Tuesday, therefore finished a match without scoring a single goal, while their opponents had a great time (Editor’s note: France conceded 18 goals in three games). Match without stake or not, it still seriously stains. Especially since the French had not chained three games without scoring since the World Cup… 2004. It was high time that it ended.