Olympique Lyonnais 3-0 Stade de Reims
Exclusive Words and Photos by Jean-Pierre Thiesset at the Groupama Training Centre for Impetus.
Above: Christiane Endler dives to make a save on her D1 Arkema debut for Olympique Lyonnais. Photos exclusive to Impetus by: Jean-Pierre Thiesset.
Lyon started by playing very high on the field and putting a lot of pressure on Reims. Quickly they obtainedcorner kicks and after six minutes, Reims’ Easther Mayi Kith put the ball in her own goal whilst trying to clear a dangerous corner kick played in by Amel Majri.
Four minutes later, Delphine Cascarino was in acres of space outside and hit an effort into the left hand corner of the net from 20 yards which rocketed just under the cross bar and in.
Lyon had a lot of opportunities to extend their lead further, but things got a bit messy approaching goal. Chances were not exclusively going the way of the home side as, after 22 minutes, Christiane Endler had to make a high class save. But overall, Reims were never able to put their game in place.
Lyon defenders stopped all of the tentative attacks from Reims and the young Alice Sombath had an excellent game alongside Wendie Renard in the central defence. Sombath was very calm, and she showed all her good skills. At half time, the score was still 2-0.
The second half started as the first one with a lot of pressure from Lyon and Reims had more and more problems to keep the hosts out. Again, there were a lot of opportunities for Lyon but they were not able to transform those in goals. On the Reims side, it was more and more difficult to even approach to the Lyon goal.
We had to wait until the last moment of the game at the ninety third minute to see the third goal for Lyon when Emelyne Laurent passed the ball at Selma Bacha who was very well placed near the penalty spot to steer home the last goal of the night.
It was a pleasant game to follow even if Lyon was too strong for Reims who tried to play their game throughout.
Speaking exclusively to Impetus after the game, Rachel Corboz (Reims Captain) told me “It was always very hard to play Lyon at home”. I guess that they were also happy not to have let Lyon score more goals. They will have better games in the rest of this season as they have good players.
As shown by the statistics of the game, Lyon dominated the match from the beginning to the end.
For Lyon: 30 shots (12 on target), 66% of possession, 578 passes (84% successful), 12 corner kicks.
For Reims: 7 shots (2 on target), 34% of possession, 310 passes (66% successful), 0 corner kicks.
Goals: Mayi Kith (OG) 6, Cascarino 10, Bacha 90+3.