The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the tenth round of D1 Arkema (6/12/21).

Above: Fleury goalkeeper Katariina Talaslahti tried her best but was not able to avoid conceding four goals on her return to Lyon. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Paris FC obtained a draw 0-0 at Montpellier. In an equal match, neither of the teams were able score with only three shots on target each. Even with Mary Fowler who entered at the 66th minute and had a few opportunities, Montpellier conceded a draw at home.

Reims won 3-1 at home against Soyaux. Another even game on a statistics point of view but in which Reims were more accurate in their shots with 12 on target from 15 attempts. With this win, Reims returned to winning ways after three games. However, we had to wait the 58th minute to see the first goal from Soyaux. But, once again, it was Rachel Corboz who put her team back on track by equalizing two minutes later. The two young players of Reims closed the game towards the end by scoring twice. Goals for Reims from Rachel Corboz (60), Kessya Busy (87), Naomie Feller (90). Goal for Soyaux from Laura Bourgouin (58).

Saint-Etienne gained a draw 1-1 away from home against Guingamp. Not a good result for either team who are struggling at the bottom of the table. Furthermore, Saint-Etienne had a red card at the 44th minute (Elise Bonnet). Goal for Saint-Etienne from Laury Jésus (78). Goal for Guingamp from Sarah Cambot (29).

Above: Delphine Cascarino flying in mid-air to control the ball for Olympique Lyonnais against Fleury. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Dijon away from home came back with a draw 1-1 against Bordeaux. In a game dominated by Bordeaux (65% of possession and 19 shots), Dijon scored just before half time. As in their last game against Montpellier, Bordeaux dominated, had more shots, scored first, but still cannot do enough to win. Goal for Dijon from Desire Oparanozie (44). Goal for Bordeaux from Mélissa Gomes (14).

Paris Saint-Germain won away from home 3-0 against Issy. Paris SG dominated this game. For Paris SG, 75% of possession, 613 passes with 84% successful, 17 shots with 7 on target, 10 corners. However, Paris SG were not able to score more than three times against the last team in the standing. Goals for Paris SG from Léa Khelifi (53, 80), Kadidiatou Diani (90+2).

Olympique Lyonnais won 4-0 at home against Fleury. Lyon dominated largely this game. Statistics of the game for Lyon, 66% of possession, 586 passes with 85% successful, 18 shots with 7 on target. With Damaris Egurrola and Daniëlle Van De Vonk out injured for several months and Catarina Macario out for a week or two, Sonia Bompastor, Lyon coach, put Griedge MBock, usually acentral defender, in midfield alongside Amandine Henry. More positive news was the return of Wendie Renard in defence and Ada Hegerberg back in attack. In a tough and physical game, Lyon secured its first place in the table.

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