The View From France

Impetus’ French editor Jean-Pierre Thiesset rounds up all of the action from the sixth week of France’s D1 Arkema, including his exclusive photos from Olympique Lyonnais’ game with Montpellier.

Above: Lyon’s Ellie Carpenter holds off her Matildas team mate Mary Fowler in her team’s clash with Montpellier. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Reims won 5-2 at home against Bordeaux. Even if Bordeaux monopolized the ball with 65% of possession and 455 passes, but both teams had the same number of shots (17) and shots on target (eight). Bordeaux scored first in the sixth minute and most followers thought that it would be an easy game for them. It was without counting on Rachel Corboz, Reims’ captain, who put her side back on level terms ten minutes later with a great shot from 20 meters into the right upper part of the goal leaving no chance to the goalkeeper to catch the ball. Then the young players from Reims showed their qualities starting with Kessya Busy (20 years old) who scored her first of two goals five minutes later with a great shot too. At the beginning of the second half, Melchie Dumornay (18 years old) from Haiti, scored twice in seven minutes.  This is the third win in a row for Reims who are now mid table with the same record as Bordeaux with seven points.

There are rumours that Patrice Lair, Bordeaux’s coach, will probably leave his role soon; more news to come this week.

Goals for Reims came from Rachel Corboz (16), Kessya Bussy (21, 73), and Melchie Dumornay (46, 53). Goals for Bordeaux from Katja Snoeijs (6) and Claire Lavogez (80).

Dijon won away from home 1-0 against Fleury in an important game with fourth place in the league at stake. Both teams are now on nine points with Fleury being in front of Dijon just with a better goal average of  -4 against -7. Katriina Talaslahti, Fleury’s goalkeeper, did a good game for her fourth game in a row as starter, but couldn’t do anything to prevent Solène Barbance’s strike after 29 minutes.

Paris FC won 4-0 at home against Soyaux. Even if Paris FC just slightly dominated the game (57% of possession), they were more efficient with 23 shots (9 on target) against 11 shots (4 on target) for Soyaux. Paris FC remain in third place in the table.

Above: Selma Bacha, on the right, scores Olympique Lyonnais’ first goal against Montpellier in the 33rd minute. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Goals for Paris FC from Coumba Sow (37), Annaig Butel (51), Clara Matéo (63), and Daphne Corboz (78 on penalty).

Issy obtained a draw 1-1 away from home against Guingamp in a game dominated by the hosts (Guingamp had 67% of possession, 24 shots with 11 on target, nine corners). Issy scored despite only mustering 12 shots in comparison with five on target, and four corners. These two teams continue to struggle a lot in the bottom part of the table. Guingamp are ninth with five points and Issy are 11th with four points.

Goal for Issy from Adélie Fourré (62). Goal for Guingamp from Sana Daoudi (55).

Paris St. Germain won at home 2-0 against Saint-Etienne. Paris SG dominated largely this game (66% of possession, 467 passes with 85% successful, and 11 corners) but had only 13 shots with five on target. Paris SG first goal was just before the end of first half at the 43rd minute.

Goals for Paris SG from Sara Dabritz (43), and Marie-Antoinette Katoto (66).

Olympique Lyonnais won 5-0 at home against Montpellier. Lyon dominated largely this game (71% of possession, 646 passes with 88% successful, 8 corners, 39 shots with 16 on target) and could have scored a lot more goals if they scored sooner in the game. Selma Bacha scored the first goal after taking the ball almost from the centre of the field, running the ball up to 20 meters from the goal and delivering a great shot on the right of the goalkeeper at the 33rd minute.

Above: Selma Bacha wins her duel against Montpellier’s Marion Torrent. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus

Congratulations to Selma Bacha who delivered a great game and who was named player of the game for the second consecutive game.

Goals for Lyon from Selma Bacha (33), Marion Torrent (45+2 Over Goal), Perle Morroni (47), Melvine Malard (59), and Sally Julini (88).

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