The View From France

Impetus French editor Jean-Pierre Thiesset rounds up all the action from the fifth week of matches in the D1 Arkema.

Above: Amel Majri (arm raised) celebrates her goal for Lyon at Bordeaux before departing the pitch with a devastating injury. Photo: @OLFeminin.

Olympique Lyonnais remain top after winning 4-1 away from home against the waning force that is Bordeaux. The five first minutes were a little bit difficult for Lyon as Eve Périsset forced Christiane Endler to make a save in second minute, and shortly after took the lead through Inès Jaurena. Incredibly, these two shots on target will be the only ones for Bordeaux in the whole game and Lyon quickly recovered with Catarina Macario equalizing in the seventh minute.

Thereafter, the action was largely dominated by Lyon. The statistics of the match are unequivocal: for Lyon, 62% of possession, 17 shots with seven on target, and 488 passes (78% successful); for Bordeaux, 38% of possession, eight shots with two on target, and 307 passes (70% successful).

For her second game back after her long injury, Griedge MBock played 90 minutes and scored a penalty. It seems that her injury is behind her and that the Great Griedge is back.

Unfortunately, Amel Majri, who had scored after 26 minutes after a cross from Catarina Macario towards the middle of the 18 yard area, left the game just gone the hour mark with an injury which, they next day was diagnosed as a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and the external lateral ligament of the left knee.

Introduced after 58 minutes, Selma Bacha produced an excellent performance and delivered a superb corner which was met by the head of Damaris Egurrola in the 87th minute.

Goals for Lyon from Catarina Macario (7), Amel Majri (26), Griedge MBock (73 on penalty), and Damaris Egurrola (87). Goal for Bordeaux from Inès Jaurena (3).

Fleury won 2-1 away from home against Montpellier in a game largely dominated by Montpellier who failed to transform their scoring chances into goals. The game statistics: for Montpellier, 63% of possession, 16 shots with seven on target, and 489 passes (78% successful); for Fleury, 37% of possession, nine shots with two on target, and 301 passes (66% successful). With this third consecutive victory, Fleury are now fourth in the standings.

Katriina Talaslahti contributed significantly to her team’s victory by making over 10 stops and saves; Only teenage Matildas star Mary Fowler prevented her from making a new clean sheet with an unstoppable strike late in the game. Goals for Fleury from Léa Le Garrec (24), and Nicola Karczewska (85). Goal for Montpellier from Mary Fowler (94).

Above: Midfield action from Montpellier (pink) v Fleury. Photo: @MontpellierHSC

Reims won away from home against Issy 3-1. With this first victory, Reims climb to the tenth place. It was a game level in terms of possession (52% for Reims) and passes (Reims 367 and Issy 353), but Reims was more efficient in attack with 18 shots (eight on target) against seven shots (two on target) for Issy. To be noted was the very good performance from Reims’ Melchie Dumonay, who came on at half time, and who delivered a decisive pass (84) and shot several times on target forcing the goalkeeper of Issy to make saves. Rachel Corboz, Reims’ captain hit a free-kick with her weaker left foot narrowly over the bar. Goals for Reims from Naomie Feller (4), and Kessya Bussy (73, 84). Goal for Issy from Roselord Borgella (30 penalty).

Dijon won away from home against Soyaux 2-1. Dijon were able to win in a quite even game, simply by being a little more efficient in front of goal. Goals for Dijon from Desire Oparanozie (24, 52). Goal for Soyaux from Kelly Gadea (51).

Paris FC won away from home 3-1 against Saint-Etienne by dominating largely the game (60% of possession). Goals for Paris FC from Louna Ribedeira (45), Clara Matéo (68), and Ouleymata Sarr (88). Goal for Saint-Etienne from Kelly Gago (24).

Paris Saint-Germain against Guingamp has been postponed to a later date because of heavy rain in Paris.

Table From: Global Sports Archive

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