The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 2nd round of 2022-2023 D1 Arkema season.

Above: Lindsey Horan scores from this free kick for Olympique Lyonnais after 32 minutes against Soyaux. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Fleury at home obtained a draw 1-1 against Paris FC. This game between two teams that would like to finish at least third this season was very hard with a lot of duels. Fleury finished the game from the 83rd minute with only nine players after Rosemonde Kouassi received a deserved red card after receiving two yellows. Léa Le Garrec received two yellow cards consecutively for having complained too vehemently against the referee who was good, even if she let play go on a lot. Fleury dominated the game in midfield in the first half but after the game was level with Paris FC having the edge at the end,but Fleury fought hard to preserve the score. Speaking to me after the game, Léa Le Garrec said she was disappointed not to have kept her calm and will now miss the next match against Paris St.Germain. Goal for Fleury from Rosemonde Kouassi (21). Goal for Paris FC from Adja Binate Soumahoro (73).

Dijon at home also obtained a 1-1 draw against Bordeaux. In an even, Bordeaux had more shots (12 against eight). With only around 70% of passes successful, both teams lacked the efficiency to win the game. Goal for Dijon from Léa Declercq (39). Goal for Bordeaux from Maëlle Garbino (69).

Montpellier won away from home 3-1 against Reims. Montpellier dominated this game and delivered a very good performance. The players found each other easily (86% of passes successful) and shot more than 20 times with a third on target. Without the good performance of Emily Alvarado, Reims goalkeeper, the score would have been larger for Montpellier. Goals for Montpellier from Luna Gevitz (18, 83), Nérilia Mondésir (57). Goal for Reims from Julie Pasquereau (54).

Paris Saint-Germain won 4-0 away from home against Rodez. Paris SG delivered an impressive performance, never letting Rodez have a sniff. With this win and their four goals, Paris SG take the lead in the D1 Arkema table showing that this year again they will be the challenger to Olympique Lyonnais for the title. Goals for Paris SG from Grace Geyoro (19, 90+2), Sakina Karchaoui (50), Kadidiatou Diani (58).

Le Havre won 1-0 at home against Guingamp. In a game slightly dominated by Guingamp, Le Havre was a little bit more efficient and won their first game in D1 Arkema. Goal for Le Havre from Deja Davis (55 Penalty).

Olympique Lyonnais won 2-1 at home against Soyaux. Wendie Renard did not start the game but entered at the 62nd minute. Sonia Bompastor, Lyon coach, was trying a new 4-4-2 formation instead of 4-3-3. The players had a lot of problems adapting to this causing difficulties finding each other on the field. Furthermore, it was obvious that a few players were not yet to their full potential. Only Lindsey Horan (named player of the match), Selma Bacha, and Delphine Cascarino who replaced Melvine Malard at the 62nd minute, really played to their potential. Goals for Lyon from Lindsey Horan (32), Delphine Cascarino (77). Goal for Soyaux from Drepoba Stéphanie Gbogou (90+3).


Above: Ellie Carpenter happy to be back on the field and to start running again. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Ellie Carpenter started running again last week as part of her recovery from her ACL injury and was at the game to support her teammates.

Canadian international Vanessa Gilles (below) has joined the club, although she is not ready to play for several weeks due to an abductor injury.

Above: Vanessa Gilles who just signed with Lyon to replace Griedge Mbock. Photo: Olympique Lyonnais.


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