Iceland vs France Women's EURO preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, starting line-ups
Monday, July 18, 2022
When is it? How can you watch it? What are the line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Group D game between Iceland and France.
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Iceland meet France at New York Stadium in UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Group D on Monday 18 July.
Iceland vs France at a glance
When: Monday 18 July, 21:00 CET
Where: New York Stadium, Rotherham
What: Group D, Matchday 3
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Where to watch Iceland vs France on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Women's EURO 2022 broadcast partner(s) here.
What do you need to know?
France are already confirmed as Group D winners, but Corinne Diacre must reshuffle her attack in the absence of injured striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto. Iceland lost to Les Bleues in the 2009 and 2017 group stage, though they would be sure of a place in the quarter-finals if they avenge those defeats. A draw or even a loss could take them through too, depending on the outcome of Italy's meeting with Belgium. Iceland drew both their opening games after scoring first and have shown they have fire in their bellies – plus key midfielder Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir should know plenty about the France players from her time at Lyon.
Iceland: S Sigurdardóttir; Arnadóttir, Viggósdóttir, I Sigurdardóttir, Gunnlaugsdóttir; Gunnarsdóttir, Vilhjálmsdóttir, Brynjarsdóttir; S Jónsdóttir, Thorvaldsdóttir, Albertsdóttir
France: Peyraud-Magnin; Torrent, Tounkara, Renard, Bacha; Toletti, Bilbault, Matéo; Diani, Malard, Baltimore
Andri Valsson, Iceland reporter
Iceland's main target was to win a game at these finals, and despite leading in each of their opening two games, they still haven't done that. France may ease up, having already qualified, but Iceland are expecting no favours. A well-organised defence will be vital, and after an uncharacteristic attacking display against Italy, I can see Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir being moved back to midfield to provide more creativity. If Iceland fulfil their mission and win, they qualify. Expect a performance that reflects how much they want to make it.
Vanessa Tomaszewski, France reporter
Against Italy, Les Bleues delivered an almost perfect performance, scoring five goals before the break; against Belgium, they did a more workaday job, a 2-1 win securing first place in the group and a quarter-final spot. Marie-Antoinette Katoto's injury unsettled the team that night and may have long-term consequences. However, there is no pressure on France for the Iceland game, so expect them to play with some freedom.
Last six games: DDWWWL (most recent first)
Last match: Italy 1-1 Iceland, 14/07
Women's EURO 2017: fourth in Group C (W0 D0 L3)
Last six games: WWWWWW (most recent first)
Last match: France 2-1 Belgium, 14/07
Women's EURO 2017: quarter-finals (L 1-0 vs England)
View from the camps
Thorsteinn Halldórsson, Iceland coach: "I believe we can do something great. We had a very good meeting yesterday where we underlined some things which really give us the chance to win. We must defend well and use the opportunities to play forward when we win the ball. We are mostly in the dark about how they are going to line up. But I know that they don't make many changes, no matter what game it is, and the players who come in are all very good."
Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, Iceland midfielder: "Obviously [France] are going to be really tough. But it's football: anything can happen, so we need to play at our best to be able to get something out of that. We haven't won a game yet and that is still the goal."
Corinne Diacre, France coach: "I work with a group, I don't necessarily have starters or substitutes, there are girls who start and girls who come on to play. There's little difference, all players can start. The idea is to win, regardless of the XI lined up. The group is concentrated. Even if the match does not count for qualification, we want to stay in our dynamic of victories and confidence. The motivational aspect, they already have it in them."
Wendie Renard, France defender: "They've had a particular way of playing for quite a few years now. They'll give us a challenge physically and athletically, so we'll have to be ready from the start and we'll also have to use the ball well."