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The women of Kazakhstan had a good time Tuesday night when they suffered a 12-0 loss to France. No, that is not a typo.
The match was the last match in the pair’s Euro 2022 qualifying campaign, with France reaching the final as the group winner after recording seven wins out of eight, and Kazakhstan ending up bottoming out after eight straight losses.
France managed a 7-0 lead at half-time, but Kazakhstan had a word at half-time, parked the bus and conceded just five goals in the second half.
Let’s take a look at the best stats from a ruthless performance from France.
Did France sit down, absorb strong pressure spells from Kazakhstan, and then hit them on the counter 12 times?
France dominated possession, seeing a staggering 80% of the ball.
It’s what you do with him that counts, and France certainly made it count.
Can you score 12 goals and still be accused of being a little wasteful?
France had 63 shots, averaging one every 84 seconds.
Twenty-two of her shots were on target, with Kazakhstan goalkeeper Irina Sandalova making ten saves.
Kazakhstan fired a shot, which failed to hit the target.
Despite scoring 12 goals, France did not see a hat-trick.
Paris Saint-Germain forwards Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani scored a double, and eight other players contributed a goal each: Elisa de Almeida from Montpellier, Kenza Dali from West Ham, Eve Perisset and Estelle Cascarino from Bordeaux, Emelyne Laurent from Atlético de Madrid, Perle Morroni and Sandy Baltimore from PSG and Clara Mateo from Nantes.
Five players also scored their first senior goals for their country on the road; Perisset, Cascarino, Laurent, Morroni and Baltimore.
We think they will probably score more important goals during their careers.
Despite scoring a total of 12 goals, the victory is not the largest recorded by the French team. It was only marginally his biggest win of the last 40 days.
France beat North Macedonia 11-0 in October 2020, taking their foot off the gas en masse and having just 46 shots and 79% possession that day.
The biggest victory in the history of the French team came in May 1998, when they defeated Algeria 14-0. France matched this in November 2013 with a 14-0 win over Bulgaria.
Tuesday’s victory dwarfs any margin of victory recorded by the French men’s team, with their record win in a 10-0 win over Azerbaijan in 1995.
It wasn’t a record loss for Kazakhstan either: they lost 17-0 to Germany in 2011.