Faced with the “Pauline, Pauline!” of the supporters, the goalkeeper of the Blue did not hesitate, put on her FFP2 mask and advanced towards the ten tricolor supporters who were waiting outside the New York Stadium. Pauline Peyraud-Magnin had just faced the press, in the mixed zone, to come back to the victory and the qualification for the quarter-finals acquired against Belgium (2-1). As against Italy, she conceded a goal but did not have to make such a decisive parade this time. She is largely satisfied with the scenario of this first round. “Victory with qualification, I pay directly! “, she slips. She also talks about the next match against Iceland on Monday, in which she also intends to participate. “I want to play everything,” she said. It’s my role a little bit. »
For this first appearance in front of the French media since the arrival of Les Bleues in England, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin obviously said nothing about the personal drama which affected her on the sidelines of this Euro which she is waiting for so much and which she had confided to having “anxious” to start. We have indeed learned that his ex-companion, from whom she had separated a few weeks earlier, indeed died suddenly in Turin at the beginning of July. A situation that is necessarily difficult to live with for Pauline Peyraud-Magnin who, at the age of 30, is playing her first international competition as a starter with Les Bleues.
On the side of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, base camp of the French, nothing has filtered on the subject. The Federation told us that it “will not comment on this episode which belongs to the private life of a player”. It had been the same at the time of the recent death of the father of Didier Deschamps, at the beginning of June, in full matches of the League of Nations. The echoes coming from the base camp of the tricolors report, about Peyraud-Magnin, of a young woman very touched and very surrounded.
The two young women – Camille Nell was 27 – had settled two years ago before separating in June. The goalkeeper’s ex-companion was found dead in the rented Turin apartment, rented by the Italian club, which she shared with the player. The precise circumstances of the death remain undetermined. Contacted by AFP, Italian justice replied: “The investigation is ongoing and remains covered by secrecy”.
So far, the Juventus Turin goalkeeper has responded perfectly to the confidence placed in her by Corinne Deacon. While Marie-Antoinette Katoto will miss Les Bleues in attack, her presence in goal will be an essential asset for the rest of the competition.