Women's team: international round-up
Find out how the players of Paris Saint-Germain's women's team got on with their national sides during the international break this week.
ELISA DE ALMEIDA / SAKINA KARCHAOUI / AMINATA DIALLO / GRACE GEYORO / SANDY BALTIMORE / KADIDIATOU DIANI / MARIE-ANTOINETTE KATOTO - FRANCE
France's women's team and their Paris Saint-Germain contingent disputed two qualifiers for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 during the international break. Les Bleues began with an 11-0 win against Estonia on Friday, with Geyoro, Katoto and Diani all finding the net. Thanks in part to a double from Katoto, France then defeated Kazakhstan 5-0 and are clear at the top of their group.
STÉPHANIE LABBÉ / ASHLEY LAWRENCE / JORDYN HUITEMA - CANADA
Canada got to grips with back-to-back friendlies against New Zealand on Saturday and Tuesday – and emerged victorious in both. After kicking off with a 5-1 win at TD Place in Ottawa, they edged a 1-0 triumph at Stade Saputo in Montreal.
AMANDA ILESTEDT - SWEDEN
Amanda Ilestedt's Sweden were involved in two games during the break, one a qualifier for the 2023 Women's World Cup and the other a friendly. The Blågult began last Thursday by seeing off the Republic of Ireland 1-0 at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin, and five days later they downed Scotland 2-0 in a friendly at St Mirren Park in Paisley. The victory against Ireland allowed Peter Gerhardsson's charges to move top of qualifying Group A.
SARA DÄBRITZ - GERMANY
On the menu for Sara Däbritz's Frauen-Nationalmannschaft were two qualifiers for the next World Cup. Germany tackled Israel in both, winning 1-0 in Petah Tikva and 7-0 in Essen, results which allowed them to stay top of qualifying Group H.
PAULINA DUDEK - POLAND
Paulina Dudek's Poland also faced a pair of World Cup qualifiers during the international break. After being held to a 0-0 draw by Norway at Stadion Miejski in Lodz, they saw off Albania 2-0 at Tychy Stadium five days later, with Dudek among the scorers.
RAMONA BACHMANN - SWITZERLAND
The Switzerland team of Paris forward Ramona Bachmann had two World Cup qualifiers of their own to negotiate. The Nati enjoyed plenty of success, beating Romania 2-0 before overcoming Croatia 5-0 at the Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich four days later. Those results kept Switzerland at the summit of their qualifying group, narrowly ahead of Italy.
BARBORA VOTIKOVA - CZECH REPUBLIC
The Paris goalkeeper's Czech Republic side suffered defeat in their World Cup qualifier during the break, going down 4-0 to Iceland at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavik.
CELIN BIZET ILDHUSOY - NORWAY U23
The Norway U23 team and their Dutch counterparts played out a 1-1 friendly draw at Mellos Stadion in Moss last Thursday, with the Paris forward scoring for the hosts.
Nelly Da Cruz - Portugal U19
Portugal's U19s met up to contest the first round of qualifiers for the UEFA Women's U19 Championship in the Czech Republic next year. The Portuguese succumbed 2-1 to the Czechs at the Estadio Algarve in Faro-Loulé and then lost 4-0 to Spain, though they bounced back with a 4-2 victory against Slovakia to round off the international week.