The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 10th round of 2022-2023 D1 Arkema season (6/12/22).

Above: Signe Bruun (far left) celebrates her hat trick goal for Olympique Lyonnais against Dijon. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Olympique Lyonnais are still two points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table after destroying Dijon 8-0 reassuring themselves going into a vital UWCL game.

Above: Faustine Robert (25 in the center), celebrating her goal. Photo: Montpellier

Fleury obtained a draw 1-1 away from home against Montpellier. Montpellier dominated the opening stages of the game with them only taking five minutes to break the deadlock. Batcheba Louis was penalised for handball giving the home side a penalty which Faustine Robert converted.

Fleury grew into the game creating several opportunities of their own. A succession of three corner kicks put the pressure on the home side with Marine Dafeur connecting with one of them only to be denied by the cross bar. 18-year-old Aïrine Fontaine grabbed the equaliser for Fleury just before half time as two defensive mistakes by Montpellier was punished. First Marion Torrent’s back pass created the initial trouble and then Océane Deslandes played the ball directly to the attacker who converted with ease. The lack of accuracy in front of goal meant that is how the score line stayed throughout the second half until full time with both teams a little cautious to go for the win and happy to settle for the point.

Above: Kessya Busy, Reims. Photo: Reims web site.

Reims won 3-1 at home against Le Havre. Le Havre took the lead, but Reims bounced back and took their chances in front of goal for a deserved win. The win now put Reims eighth in the league table only three points behind Montpellier who currently sit fourth. Goals for Reims from Kessya Busy (28, 85), Sonia Ouchene (62). Goal for Le Havre from Sh’nia Gordon (2).

Above: The joy of Guingamp team after their win. Photo: Guingamp.

Guingamp won 3-1 at home against Soyaux. In a battle of the sides at the bottom it was Guingamp who prevailed victorious. Two goals in 18 minutes were enough for the home side despite Soyaux having more opportunities. Guingamp’s first win of the season keeps them bottom of the table but closes the gap on the pack with the opposition now sitting only one point ahead of them in 10th.

Above: Bordeaux players congratulating each other. Photo: Bordeaux.

Bordeaux won 3-1 at home against Rodez. Bordeaux scored all the goals in their match (an own goal) against Rodez as the away side created very little to trouble them only managing six shots in the 90 minutes.

Above: An outstanding shot from Selma Bacha in the 40th minute that increased Lyon’s lead. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Olympique Lyonnais won 8-0 at home against Dijon. Signe Bruun stole the show for the home side scoring a hat-trick and two assists in a match Lyon dominated against a weak Dijon team who lost for the third time in a row. Selma Bacha was also on target with two long range strikes finding the net with Janice Cayman, Madeline Roth (Own Goal) and Inès Benyahia completing the rout. Lyon reassured their fans with a convincing display in front of goal before their crucial UWCL game on Wednesday against Zurich knowing they must win to give themselves any chance of progressing into the knockout stages of the tournament. strong involvement of all players and a good ball circulation in midfield will give them optimism.

Above: Paris St. Germain’s Sandy Baltimore. Photo: PSG
Paris St. Germain gained a vital 1-0 win over cross-city rivals Paris FC in a game that was also the battle of second against third in the table. Sandy Baltimore grabbed the only goal of the game which should have perhaps been more comfortable for the away side if they had managed to convert more of the opportunities, they created but overall was a good performance for the side that sit top of the league.  

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