The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 18th round of D1 Arkema (5/4/22).

Above: Action from Guingamp (red) against Olympique Lyonnais. Photo: OL Feminin.

Fleury won 1-0 away to Soyaux. In a game edged by Fleury (57% possession), Soyaux was not able to score as Fleury players showed once more that they know how to play together to pull off important wins. It is important to note the good performance of the young Rosemonde Kouassi. There was another clean sheet for FC Fleury 91 and another great performance by goalkeeper Katriina Talaslahti, who made 10 clearances with her feet, one with her fists, seven catches, and one outstanding save when a shot was heading into the top left-hand corner of the goal. With this win, Fleury can still dream of Champions League. Goal for Fleury from Dominica Grabowska (55 penalty).

Reims won 2-1 away from home against Montpellier. Montpellier just about had the better of the play (58% possession) but Reims were more efficient in front of goal. Even if Montpellier scored first at the very end of the first half, which is normally not very good for the spirit of the team that is behind, Reims never stopped believing they could win. It moved the visitors to seventh place in the standing with a ten-point cushion over eighth. For Montpellier, it is a very bad result because with this loss they are now five points adrift of fourth place and 11 points from third which brings a Champions League spot, which they can forget about now. Goals for Reims from Lou-Ann Joly (74), Kethna Louis (81). Goal for Montpellier from Maëlle Lakrar (45+5).

Bordeaux won 3-0 at home against Issy. In a game edged by Bordeaux (57% possession), Issy had only six shots and Bordeaux could have scored at least three more goals if they were more efficient in front of the goal. Claire Lavogez and Katja Snoeijs (one goal and two decisive passes) were hugely impressive for Bordeaux. Goals for Bordeaux from Katja Snoeijs (10), Claire Lavogez (59), Eve Périsset (77).

Above: A midfield battle in the game between Bordeaux and Issy Photo: Régis Hazenfus.

Olympique Lyonnais won 2-0 away at Guingamp. Guingamp tried to put a lot of pressure on Lyon’s players during the game, but the visitors dominated with 64% possession, and could have scored more goals. Despite this, Lyon keeper Christiane Endler had to pull off a great save on a shot just under the cross bar from Louise Fleury after five minutes. Overall though there was not a lot of suspense in the game. Cindy Perrault, Guingamp’s goalkeeper was impressive, making two big saves at the 62nd minute on a one to one against Selma Bacha and at the 90th+1 minute from a Wendy Renard header following a good cross from Catarina Macario. Goals for Lyon from Catarina Macario (10), Ada Hegerberg (37).

Paris FC obtained a draw 0-0 at home in their derby game with Paris Saint-Germain. In an enjoyable game which was very even, neither team could score despite several opportunities. The best chance for Paris FC came in the third minute when they were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately for them, Daphne Corbos did not hit it very well and Barbora Votikova, PSG’s goalkeeper, dived the right way and caught the ball. Chiamaka Nnadozie, Paris FC’s goalkeeper, the youngest goalkeeper in D1 Arkema at 21 years old, was very impressive. With Lyon’s win at Guingamp, Paris St. Germain are now five points behind and it seems that the 2021-2022 D1 Arkema title race is all but over.  

The match between Saint-Etienne and Dijon was postponed due to a snowstorm in Saint-Etienne. There is still no news about the decision of FFF commission following the incident at the end of Paris FC and Reims game, (see report from the game here: We should know more next week.

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