The View From France

With France’s D1 Arkema returning after its Christmas and New Year break, Jean-Pierre Thiesset is back to round up all the action from Round Twelve.

Paris St Germain stayed top of the table by winning at home 1–0 against third place Bordeaux. They could have scored more goals as they dominated the match overall but had a few problems in turning the pressure into goals. Sara Däbritz (41) was the only scorer.

Above: Paris St. Germain celebrates Sara Däbritz’s match winner against Bordeaux. Photo: @PSG_Feminines

Olympique Lyonnais won at home 3–0 against Reims. The first half was not very good for Lyon with a lack of speed in midfield which did not allow them to score although they were dominating. Things got better in the second half especially after Wendie Renard, almost the best scorer for Lyon while being defender, was on target from a corner as usual. The scorers were: Wendie Renard (47, 64) and Amandine Henry (90+1).

Montpellier were not able to profit from Bordeaux’s defeat to close up on them as they lost 4–1 at Guingamp. The hosts’ goals came from Alison Peniguel (14), Margaux Le Mouël (43), Louise Fleury (56) and Faustine Robert (66). Lena Peterman (83) reduced the deficit for Montpellier.

Paris FC won 3–0 away from home at Soyaux. The goals came from Clara Matéo (51, 77) and Evelyne Viens (73). This is a very good result for Paris FC which closes the gap on Montpellier and Bordeaux to the extent that they could still have a chance for the third place in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Above: Paris FC’s Clara Matéo – scorer of two goals in her side’s 3-0 win at Soyaux. Photo: lesfeminines.fr

Two games were cancelled due to snowstorm in Paris area: Issy v Dijon and Fleury v Le Havre. The table now looks like this:

 PWDLFAPtsGD
Paris St. Germain12111047234+ 45
Olympique Lyonnais12110143433+ 39
Bordeaux12723231323+ 12
Montpellier12615162019– 4
Paris FC12534211718+ 5
Fleury11533111618– 5
Guingamp12516191816+ 1
Dijon11416122013– 8
Reims12327162311– 7
Soyaux122197267– 19
Issy112098536– 45
Le Havre1111910234– 13

The news of the week is the arrival of midfielder Catarina Macario at Lyon on a two and half year deal. Catarina Cantanhede Melônio Macário (born October 4, 1999) is a Brazilian-born American. Macario was a decorated collegiate player in the United States. In 2017, she was named “Freshman of the Year” by the TopDrawerSoccer.com and ESPNW Player of the Year. In 2018, Macario won the Hermann Trophy, ESPNW Player of the Year, and the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Year Award.

Lyon are certainly busy in the transfer market this winter as defensive midfielder Damaris Egurolla will probably also sign for them soon. Damaris Berta Egurrola Wienke (born 26 August 1999) is currently at FA Women’s Super League side Everton. She started at Athletic Bilbao in 2015 and left for Everton in 2020. Despite being born in the USA, she made her senior debut for Spain in 2019.

It seems that Lyon is preparing for the departure of several players at the end of this season especially in their midfield by recruiting young midfielders.

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