The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the third round of 2022-2023 D1 Arkema season (26/9/22).

Above: Paris St. Germain’s Matilda, Lydia Williams, saw her team involved in a tough tussle with Fleury. Photo: LydsAussie.

Paris FC at home won 1-0 against Le Havre. Le Havre, promoted this season to D1, exerted a lot of pressure and played by sending high balls aimed above the Paris FC defence. Le Havre’s pressure caused a lot of problems to Paris FC, who finished third in D1 Arkema last season. The hosts had to wait until the very end of the first half to score the only goal of the day. Goal for Paris FC from Louise Fleury (45+2).

Paris Saint-Germain won 2-1 at home against Fleury. Fleury played without two of their key players, captain Léa Le Garrec, and top scorer Rosemonde Kouassi, due to their red cards last time out. Still, Fabrice Abriel, Fleury’s coach, played with a 4-2-3-1 formation and as his players followed his directives with discipline. The visitors put a lot of pressure on the Paris SG players, which was emphasised by them taking the lead after 16 minutes. Fleury players showed great technical maturity. However, Paris SG dominated this game with more than 70% of ball possession and equalised at the end of first half. The second half was almost an attack against defence as the hosts pushed to score. Fleury almost obtained a draw with their outstanding defense, but Paris SG scored at the very end of the game. It was not a very reassuring match for the hosts ahead of their return leg Champions League tie at BK Häcken, whom they only hold a one-goal lead after the first leg.

To make matters worse for PSG, central defender Paulina Dudek left the pitch at the 54th-minute mark with injury and may not be available for the Champions League game. For the visitors, Chantelle Swaby, Fleury defender, entered at the 71st minute for her first game in D1 Arkema. She is an American-born Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a midfielder. She is 24-years-old. Goal for Fleury from Batcheba Louis (16). Goals for Paris SG from Grace Geyoro (38), Kadidiatou Diani (90+1).

Dijon won away from home 1-0 against Guingamp. In an equal game, Dijon was a little bit more efficient than Guingamp. They even kept their lead when there were down to 10 players after Cecilie Sandvej received a red card at the 71st minute. Goal for Dijon from Madeline Roth (50).

Soyaux won 2-0 at home against Rodez. Another even game in which Soyaux were more efficient to score despite the fact that Rodez had eight corners. Goals for Soyaux from Camille Collin (7), Jessy Roux (38).

Reims won 1-0 away from home against Bordeaux. Bordeaux slightly dominated this game but Reims with this serious game scored during the first half. Goal for Reims from Kethna Louis (35).

Olympique Lyonnais won 3-1 at Montpellier. It was the first big challenge for Lyon in D1 Arkema this season, and it proved to be a very good game between two excellent teams. For this game, Sonia Bompastor, Lyon’s coach, returned to a 4-3-3 formation that suited her players. Montpellier could have scored within two minutes of the game, but Janice Cayman made an outstanding defensive tackle. Montpellier caused a lot of problems in the midfield during the first 30 minutes. Matters switched in the favour of the visitors as Then Lindsey Horan scored with a header from a great free kick delivered by Selma Bacha after 33 minutes From there, Lyon started to take over and reconquer the midfield. Bacha delivered an outstanding performance once more, and was named player of the match for Lyon. Her statistics (recorded by Jean-Pierre Thiesset during the game) are: 64 balls played, 36 passes with 83% successful, 10 crosses, one shot, eight balls won, two decisive passes (33rd minute a free kick for Lindsey Horan, 83rd minute pass for Daniëlle Van de Donk). Montpellier’s striker Nérilia Mondésir was excellent in defeat. Goals for Lyon from Lindsey Horan (33), Eugénie Le Sommer (71), Daniëlle Van de Donk (83). Goal for Montpellier from Faustine Robert (74 penalty).

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