The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset rounds up all the action for the tenth week of matches in France’s D1 Arkema.

There were no great surprises in the tenth round of D1 Arkema matches, and no change in the standings.

Olympique Lyonnais won 3-1 at Le Havre but without reassuring their supporters. They scored three goals in the first eighteen minutes through Wendie Renard, Saki Kumagai and Amel Majri, but were not able to score again in the second half. Le Havre scored in the first half too due to a bad clearance by the Lyon defence and Sylia Koui scored. Ellie Carpenter, who was one of the players that did the job for Lyon as usual, was elected player of the game.

Above: Matildas star Ellie Carpenter was in fine form for Olympique Lyonnais on Saturday. Photo: @CarpenterEllie

Paris St. Germain won also, this time against city rivals Paris FC 4-1, keeping their first place in the table, a point ahead of Lyon. An own goal from Annaig Butel plus strikes from Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Sandy Baltimore and former Chelsea star Ramona Bachmann were the difference. Evelyne Viens got one back for Paris FC.

Elsewhere, Montpellier beat Issy 3-1 with goals from Dominika Skorvankova, Marija Banusic and Lena Petermann. Batcheba Louis scored for Issy. Bordeaux came from behind to see off Soyaux 2-1. Coralie Austry gave Soyaux a shock lead just before half time, but two goals from Khadija Shaw gave Bordeaux the points. Fleury won 1-0 at Guingamp thanks to Lea Le Garrec, formerly of Brighton & Hove Albion. Finally, Dijon drew 0-0 with Reims.

Next week Lyon and Paris SG will play away from their home in their UEFA Women’s Champion League Round of 32 ties. Lyon against Juventus in Turin, Italy. Paris St. Germain against Gornik Leczna in Leczna, Poland.

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