The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the first week of action in D1 Arkema, French women’s football’s topflight.

Above: Paris St. Germain celebrate their 5-0 opening day win over Fleury. Photo: OJB Sport.

Olympique Lyonnais won 3-0 at home against Reims. Goals for Lyon from Easther Mayi Kith (6, Own Goal), Delphine Cascarino (10), and Selma Bacha (93). For my full report and exclusive photos from the game, click here: https://impetus885775742.wordpress.com/2021/08/28/lyon-off-and-running/

Paris FC, at home, won 4-1 against Guingamp. Goals for Paris FC from Clara Matéo (1), Daphne Corboz (35, Penalty), Adja Binate Soumahoro (61), and Louna Ribadeira (63). Guingamp’s goal came from Sana Daoudi (29).

Montpellier won 2-1 away from home against Dijon. Lena Petermann (23) and Sarah Puntigam (92) were on target for Montpellier. Lisa Schmitz’s own goal (73) gave Dijon hope.

Above: Delphine Cascarino, who scored for Olympique Lyonnais in their opening day win over Reims.
Photo exclusively for Impetus by: Jean-Pierre Thiesset.

Soyaux won at home against Issy 2-0. Goals for Soyaux from Kelly Rowswell (39 Own Goal) and Laura Bourgouin (87).

Saint-Etienne at home finished with an excellent 1-1 draw against Champions League qualifiers Bordeaux. Laura Condon’s leveller for the home side after 81 minutes followed Vanessa Gilles’ strike for Bordeaux (46).

Paris Saint Germain won 5-0 at home against Fleury. Goals for Paris SG from Sandy Baltimore (14), Sara Dabritz (21), Kadidiatou Diani (35), Jeannette Grace Ngock Yango (61, Own Goal), and Ramona Bachmann (86).

Except for Bordeaux who drew against newly promoted Saint-Etienne, all the contenders for the championship won their first games. Paris SG, Paris FC and Lyon started particularly strongly and fill the top three places in the table.

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