The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 19th round of D1 Arkema (19/4/22).

Above: Katriina Talaslahti makes a save for Fleury against Olympique Lyonnais. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Reims won 2-1 away from home against Soyaux. In a very even game, Reims was a little bit more efficient. With this win, Reims are now sure to finish no lower than seventh the standing. Goals for Reims from Kethna Louis (32), Tanya Romanenko (83). Goal for Soyaux from Camille Collin (50).

Bordeaux won 2-0 away from home against Dijon. In a game edged by Bordeaux (58% possession), they were only a little bit more efficient, and it was enough to score twice. Goals for Bordeaux from Katja Snoeijs (15), Melissa Gomes (32).

Guingamp away from home, won 3-1 against Saint-Etienne. In a game slightly dominated by Guingamp, only the shots on target made the difference between these two teams. Goals for Guingamp from Maïwen Renard (26), Sarah Cambot (36), Laurie Teinturier (65). Goal for Saint-Etienne from Kelly Gago (65).

Above: Rosemonde Kouassi (13 far left) scored at the 36th minute for Fleury. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Paris Saint-Germain won 6-1 at home against Issy. With 73% possession and 23 shots with 11 on target, Paris SG largely dominated this game and won easily even if the score was only 1-1 at half time. Goals for Paris SG from Marie-Antoinette Katoto (31, 83), Grace Geyoro (49), Sara Däbritz (65), Kadidiatou Diani (68), Ramona Bachmann (90+1). Goal for Issy from Julie Perruzzetto (35).

Olympique Lyonnais won away from home 2-1 against Fleury. Even if they dominated the game (61% possession), it was far from an easy game for Lyon. Fleury showed that they have made a lot of progress since the beginning of this season and scored first. They could have scored more goals with a little bit more efficiency in front of the goal; they hit the bar twice. We must note that most of the Lyon players were back only three days before this game from their international duty and that it had not helped them to deliver their usual game.

Katriina Talaslahti, Fleury goalkeeper, injured her right eye by one of her teammates during a corner just before Catarina Macario flag kick flew straight in. Speaking to me after the game, Talaslahti said: “I did not see clearly the ball on the corner from Catarina.” The injury was unfortunate as prior to this, the Fleury keeper made several good saves. She was replaced just after the goal after 62 minutes. I just had a talk with Talaslahti while I am finishing this report, on April 18 in the evening, and she told me: “It’s better now, I will see the doctor tomorrow morning.” Goals for Lyon from Katariina Talslahti (37 Own Goal), Catarina Macario (60). Goal for Fleury from Rosemonde Kouassi (36).

Above: Own goal from Katriina Talaslahti following a shot from Lyon’s Delphine Cascarino just under the crossbar. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus

Paris FC won 3-1 at home against Montpellier. The pressure from Montpellier’s players during the first quarter prevented Paris from getting going. Then the game was pretty even with Paris FC having more opportunities, but their strikers did not always make the best decision. At the 24th minute, after a clearance by Lisa Schmitz, the Montpellier goalkeeper, following a shot from Rachel Corboz and a block on the line by Maellys Mpomé, Clara Matéo opened the score.

One minute later, Ouleymata Sarr scored on a counterattack after a pass from Gaétane Thiney. Then, at the end of the first half, Lisa Schmitz was not lucky because Gaétane Thiney put her penalty against the cross bar, but the ball bounced onto her back to finish in the net.

At the beginning of second half, Mathilde Bourdieu had a huge opportunity to score for Montpellier, but she lost her one to one by shooting directly on the goalkeeper. Montpellier had a very good first quarter, and Mathilde Bourdieu had two other opportunities without scoring: at the 50th minute when she put the ball over the cross bar from 6 meters, and at the 62nd minute when she put again the ball at the goalkeeper who cleared with her hands. With this win, and the loss of Fleury, Paris FC are now sure to finish third in the standing and qualify for the UEFA Women Champions League next season. Goals for Paris FC from Clara Matéo (24), Ouleymata Sarr (25), Lisa Schmitz (41 Own Goal). Goal for Montpellier from Nérilia Mondésir (50).

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