France Emerges Victorious Against Argentina in Nations League

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The French team secured a hard-fought victory in their final match in Ottawa on Sunday against Argentina (3-2), as they leave Canada with three wins and one defeat before the last stage of the Nations League.
Updated on June 9, 2024 at 11:24 PM

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A “Ngapeth”, although absent in Canada, from Trévor Clévenot, arm swung behind his back over the net, to conclude a tough match with a smile. The French team emerged victorious 3-2 (25-19; 25-17; 22-25; 26-28; 15-9) against Argentina on Sunday in Ottawa, to wrap up their second week of the Nations League with three wins (3-2 against Italy, 3-1 against the Netherlands) and one loss (3-2 against Cuba). Before the final stage of the Nations League in Manila (Philippines, June 19-23), the French team has six wins (two losses) and is currently in 4th place in the standings. The clash with Argentina, whom the French team had not defeated since the semi-final of the Olympics in Tokyo in 2021 (losses 3-1 in VNL 2022 and 2023), started off well, with the typical lineup of the French team since the beginning of the Canadian week, with Benjamin Toniutti replacing Antoine Brizard at setter, who was injured in the pectoral. Until Argentina changed the game, thanks to the entries of Ezequiel Palacios and Martin Ramos. And won the next two sets, turning around the fourth set that the French team was leading (19-15, 22-19). “It was tough after yesterday’s match (Saturday, loss against Cuba), but we showed character today (Sunday), even though it wasn’t easy,” said captain Benjamin Toniutti. “There are still things to work on in the consistency of our game, to have a little less weak moments, or if there are, to make them a little shorter.” Without three of the twelve Olympic champions, injured (Earvin Ngapeth, Barthélémy Chinenyeze, Stephen Boyer), the French team returns to France with a good chance of making it to the Final 8, and the assurance that the younger generation, led by Joris Seddik in the middle (9 points this Sunday) and Théo Faure at the point (12), is progressing well. Next stop, the Philippines, starting on Friday, after a few days with family.

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