The View From France

Above: Ellie Carpenter crosses for Melvine Malard to score Olympique Lyonnais’ winning goal against Bordeaux. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the fourteenth round of D1 Arkema (7/2/22).

Fleury won 1-0 at home to Montpellier. While they were dominated by Montpellier (62% of possession for Montpellier) who put a lot of pressure on during this game, Fleury was able to claim another clean sheet. In a game with a lot of duels, Fleury imposed their collective strength. After scoring in the fourth minute, Fleury had several opportunities during the first 60 minutes. However, after this point, Montpellier took over the game to their own, but could not break down the home side’s defence. Goal for Fleury from Nikola Karczewska (4).  

Soyaux won 1-0 away from home against Dijon. In an even game, Soyaux ended their run of three straight defeats. This win gives them the hope to save their season as they are now only two points behind eighth-placed Dijon. Goal for Soyaux from Siga Tandia (42).  

Above: USWNT’s Lindsey Horan on her Olympique Lyonnais debut this weekend. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Paris FC won 2-1 at home against Saint-Etienne. Paris FC dominated this game (64% of possession) and were never really in danger even if Saint-Etienne scored first and if the score was tight at the end of the game. Goals for Paris FC from Léonie Multari (41 Own Goal), Gaëtane Thiney (56). Goal for Saint-Etienne from Kelly Gago (23).  

Reims won 4-3 at home against Issy. In a seven goal thriller of game, Reims had by far the most opportunities (23 shots with 10 on target, 11 corners) than Issy but could not shake off their stubborn visitors. Reims had to wait the last minute of the game to put the winning goal. Goals for Reims from Melchie Dumornay (8), Océane Deslandes (28), Vicki Becho (45), Tanya Romanenko (90+2). Goals for Issy from Allie Thornton (5), Julie Rabanne (52), Emily Alvarado (82 Own Goal).  

Paris Saint-Germain away from home won 6-2 against Guingamp. It was an easy game for Paris SG which dominated (62% possession, 18 shots with 11 on target). Marie-Antoinette Katoto scored twice and became the club’s record goalscorer with 132 goals at only 23-years-old. Goals for Paris SG from Grace Geyoro (21), Sara Däbritz (28, 42), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (37, 67), Kadidiatou Diani (56). Goals for Guingamp from Sarah Cambot (75), Louise Fleury (80).

Above: Melvine Malard (second left) scores the only goal of the game for Olympique Lyonnais against Bordeaux. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Olympique Lyonnais won 1-0 at home against Bordeaux. It was another difficult game for Lyon in front of a team of Bordeaux that needed a win not to be distanced from the 4th place in the standing. It has been a hard game with a lot of pressing from each team. Patrice Lair, Bordeaux coach, who has trained Lyon and won several titles with Sonia Bompastor, Lyon coach, as a player, knew how to set up a team and a game which worried Lyon. However, Bordeaux did not have true opportunities to score even after Eugénie le Sommer received a red card for a second yellow card at the 56th minute. Goal for Lyon from Melvine Malard (25) on a cross from Ellie Carpenter.

Artwork: D1 Arkema

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