The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 20th round of D1 Arkema.

Above: With 45 minutes played, Ada Hegerberg scores for Olympique Lyonnais after being played in by Amandine Henry. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Montpellier won 3-0 at home against Soyaux. This game was edged by Montpellier (55% possession). However, after their goal at the 12th minute, they had to wait until the end of the game for their second (86th) and third goals (90th+1). Their final strike came from Matildas star Mary Fowler, who only came onto the pitch six minutes earlier. With this win, Montpellier stay in fifth place, but only three points ahead of Reims who are down in seventh. Goals for Montpellier from Faustine Robert (12, 86), Mary Fowler (90+1).

Above: Mary Fowler (far right) celebrates her last gasp goal for Montpellier that sealed their 3-0 win over Soyaux. Photo via: The Matildas.

Guingamp won 4-0 at home against Dijon. Guingamp were the dominant force against a Dijon team that was never really in a situation to put them in danger. With this loss, Dijon’s place in next season’s D1 Arkema is still uncertain. They have two games left and are only four points ahead of Soyaux who are 10th. On the other hand, with this win, Guingamp is now sure to be in D1 Arkema next season. Goals for Guingamp from Aissata Traoré (48), Sarah Cambot (68, 79), Alison Péniguel (84).

Fleury won 5-0 away from home against Issy. In a game largely dominated by Fleury (63% possession), Issy only managed three shots on target and had never really the opportunity to win this game.  Apart from two saves, Fleury goalkeeper Emmeline Mainguy had little to do during this game. The first save came after nine minutes with her right hand and second save two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the match. Fleury put a lot of pressure during all along the game and won many balls between the 30 and 50 meters zone of Issy’s part of the field but still they had to wait the second half to start to score. To be noted: Kenza Chapelle, 19 years old, scored her first two goals in D1 Arkema. Rosemonde Kouassi, 20 years old, scored one goal and made two decisive passes. Marine Dafeur also made two decisive passes. Goals for Fleury from Julie Debever (55), Rosemonde Kouassi (68), Kenza Chapelle (85, 90+1), Léa Le Garrec (89).

Above: Sonia Bompastor (left hand side), Lyon coach, and Sandrine Soubeyrand (right hand side), Paris FC coach, in discussion during the warm-up of their two team’s encounter at the weekend. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Reims won 1-0 at home against Saint-Etienne. In a level game, Reims had to wait until two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the 90 minutes to score and win the game. With this victory, Reims, currently seventh, can still hope to finish as high as fifth place as Montpellier and Bordeaux (respectively fifth and sixth) are only three points ahead of them. Goal for Reims from Melchie Daëlle Dumornay (90+2).

Paris St. Germain won 5-1 away from home against Bordeaux. Despite the scoreline, it was a pretty even game. The difference was that PSG were more efficient and converted their opportunities. Kadidiatou Diani hit a hat-trick. Despite this win, Paris SG are still five points behind Lyon who they face next in Paris. Goals for Paris SG from Kadidiatou Diani (14, 51, 87), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (66), Jordyn Huitema (90+4). Goal for Bordeaux from Mélissa Gomes (76).

Above: Delphine Cascarino slots home Olympique Lyonnais’ second after Catarina Macario’s assist. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Olympique Lyonnais won at home 2-0 against Paris FC. In a game between the teams placed first and third, Lyon had a little bit more opportunities, and it was a very pleasant game to watch between two excellent teams. Paris FC showed that they deserve their third place in the league, and they could have scored several times if Christiane Endler, Lyon’s goalkeeper, and her defence had not been on top form. We had to wait the end of the first half to see Lyon taking the lead when Ada Hegerberg scored after Armadine Henry’s pass. The scoring was completed after the hour when Delphine Cascarino received a pass from Catarina Macario to net. Goals for Lyon from Ada Hegerberg (45), Delphine Cascarino (61).

Above: The Paris FC team that played Olympique Lyonnais this weekend. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

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