The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 12th round of 2022-2023 D1 Arkema season.

Above: Maëlle Garbino (10) celebrated her goal for Bordeaux with her teammates. Photo: Bordeaux web site.

Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Rodez

Paris Saint-Germain beat bottom-placed Rodez 1-0 at a gloomy Camp des Loges in Saint-Germain-en-Lay where, owing to poor lighting, several areas of the field were almost black. Even though they largely dominated the game, PSG would have been facing defeat if Rodez had converted the opportunities that came in 30th and 56th minutes. Goal: Paris Saint-Germain, Kaddiatou Diani (43, penalty) 

Montpellier 2-0 Reims

Reims dominated in the first half and tried to come back in the second half, but their lack of efficiency up front meant they couldn’t score. They may very well regret that there is no VAR in D1 Arkema because as they had two strong shouts for penalties turned down. Goals: Montpellier, Maelys Mpomé (35), Marion Torrent (90+7). 

Soyaux 0-3 Olympique Lyonnais

Above: Amandine Henry, Olympique Lyonnais, in August 2022. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Some might say that the field in Soyaux resembled a potato field rather than a football pitch. Such a surface really wasn’t the best advert for D1 Arkema but the match did feature the first goal from Vanessa Gilles for Lyon whilst Vanessa Gilles is the 100th player to score for Olympique Lyonnais and Amandine Henry scored her 50th goal for the club on her 350th appearance. French international Amel Majri who was injured 15 months ago and has since had a baby returned to the field on 75 minutes. Goals: Olympique Lyonnais, Vanessa Gilles (36), Amandine Henry (40), Wendie Renard (72).

Bordeaux 2-0 Dijon

Bordeaux largely dominated at home Dijon and scored early in the second minute through November’s D1 Arkema Player of the Month,  Maëlle Garbino who continued her excellent form. Goals: Bordeaux, Maëlle Garbino (2), Maëlle Seguin (55).

Le Havre 2-2 Guingamp

A good game from both teams saw Guingamp score twice in the first half, before Le Havre came back via their two American players. One goal came at the end of first half and the other at the end of the second. Goals: Guingamp, Sarah Cambot (4, 32); Le Havre, Sh’nia Gordon (45+3), Deja Davis (90+1).

Paris FC 0-2 Fleury

Above:  Julie Piga, Fleury, up in the air during the game against Lyon in October 2022. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

This was a great result for Fleury against one of their main rivals to gain third place and UWCL qualification. On another ‘uneven’ surface at Charléty, Fleury well deserved their win. Paris FC dominated the first half, but could not convert their chances in front of goal. Fleury came into the game more in the second half and scored twice from set pieces: a corners and a free kick with defender Julie Piga involved in both. Fleury now lie fourth in the D1 Arkema table, only one point behind Montpellier. Goals: Fleury, Julie Piga (70), Inès Konan (79).

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