The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 22nd and final round of D1 Arkema where he was at the Groupama Training Centre for us to watch Olympique Lyonnais lift the title (3/6/22).

Above: Olympique Lyonnais celebrate their fifteenth D1 title success. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Olympique Lyonnais lifted the D1 championship trophy for the fifteenth time after their 4-0 win at home against Issy. There were 2,000 fans gathered at the Olympique Lyonnais Groupama Training Center for this last game of the season. With Issy struggling at the bottom of the table, and relegated as a result of this defeat, it was no surprise that Lyon dominated proceedings (72% possession) even with a few changes in the team which saw youngsters Alice Sombath and Inès Benyahia start, and a few key players not even on the bench in Christiane Endler, Selma Bacha, and Ada Hegerberg. The great performance of Cosette Morché, Issy’s goalkeeper, needs to be noted. Without her, Lyon would have scored many more goals. The future for the club looks exceptionally bright – at halftime, the U19 Olympique Lyonnais team presented their own championship title to the fans. Goals for Lyon from: Eugénie Le Sommer (30), Melvine Malard (52), Daniëlle Van De Donk (82), Wendie Renard (90+1).

Above: Lyons U19 squad celebrate their own championship-winning season. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Fleury won 3-0 away from home against Guingamp. In a game slightly edged by Guingamp (57% possession), Fleury had more opportunities (18 shots against seven) and was more efficient. To be noted was the return in goal of Katriina Talaslahti for Fleury ahead of her potential appearance in the Euros for Finland. Goals for Fleury from: Rosemonde Kouassi (25, 83), Dominika Grabowska (90+2).

Reims ended their campaign with a superb 1-0 win at home against Paris Saint-Germain. In a game dominated by the visitors, who chalked up 64% possession, Reims scored at the last minute of the first half. While the home side was playing with their usual team, Paris SG, whose title hopes went up in smoke at the weekend, left out a lot of their key players. Goal for Reims from: Melchie Daëlle Dumornay (45+2).

Above: Olympique Lyonnais’ Australian star Ellie Carpenter was part of the title celebrations last night despite her ACL injury. Here Christiane Endler gives her a helping hand around the pitch. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Bordeaux won 1-0 away from home at Montpellier. In an even game, Bordeaux scored at the last minute to finish their season with a win. Goal for Bordeaux from: Mickaëlla Cardia (90+3).

Paris FC won 2-0 at home against Dijon. Paris FC dominated largely this game (67% possession) and won easily, confirming that they have deserved third-place finish, which ensures them a spot in the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Women’s Champions League next season. Goals for Paris FC from: Mathilde Bourdieu (15), Ouleymata Sarr (49).

Soyaux won 3-0 at Saint-Etienne. Strangely, this game was largely dominated by Saint-Etienne (67% possession), but it was won by Soyaux who were far more efficient with their time on the ball. With this win and the loss of Issy at Lyon, Soyaux saved their place in D1 Arkema for next season. Goals for Soyaux from: Eden Avital (41, 63), Marie-Charlotte Léger (85).

Above: Olympique Lyonnais show off both the D1 title and UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy that they have won this season. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.
Table From: D1 Arkema.

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