The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarises the 13th round of 2022-2023 D1 Arkema season. Plus, an EXCLUSIVE photo gallery from Olympique Lyonnais’s match against Montpellier (23/1/23).

Above: Lyon fire in a shot on goal against Montpellier at the weekend. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Rodez P-P Soyaux
A snowstorm saw this match postponed to later in the season.

Fleury 4-4 Paris Saint-Germain

Above: Airine Fontaine, 18 years old, Fleury, against Lyon in October 2022. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

A spectacular game that cost PSG top spot in the table. Even with PSG largely dominating this game (they had 78% possession), they missed too many opportunities including a 54th-minute penalty, against a Fleury team who always seemed to believe they could pull off a great result. The fact that PSG even allowed Fleury to score four times could be an indicator of worrying times ahead. Fleury are undefeated at home for eight games (six wins, two draws). Goals: Paris Saint-Germain – Kadidiatou Diani (21, 39, 49), Ramona Bachmann (27); Fleury – Ewelina Kamczyk (15), Rosemonde Kouassi (29, 74), Airine Fontaine (70).  

Le Havre 1-3 Paris FC

Above: Clara Matéo, Paris FC, who scored twice. Photo: Paris FC website.

A straightforward win away from home for Paris FC that consolidates their third place in the table. Goals: Paris FC – Mathilde Bourdieu (9), Clara Matéo (41, 58); Le Havre – Sh’nia Gordon (10).

Reims 6-1 Bordeaux

Reims overwhelmed Bordeaux with a stunning display of attacking efficiency. Rachel Corboz who came on in the 88th minute scored twice through a free kick and on a penalty. 19-year-old Melchie Dumornay, who will play for Olympique Lyonnais, put her name on the scoresheet at the end of the match. Goals: Reims – Charlène Meyong Menene (33, 53), Sonia Ouchene (79), Rachel Corboz (90+1, 90+6 penalty), Melchie Dumornay (90+3); Bordeaux – Oluwatosin Demehin (51 Own Goal).

Dijon 1-0 Guingamp

Dijon were level with Guingamp on points before the match and the win stems a long run of league defeats. Goal: Dijon – Jenna Hellstrom (53).

Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 Montpellier

Above: Football is made of Joys and Tears. In the eightieth minute of Lyon vs Montpellier, Sara Däbritz, Lyon, celebrates scoring Lyon’s second goal, whilst over the touchline, (far right) Selma Bacha cries after injuring her hamstring and knowing she will be out for several weeks. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

A bitterly cold night at the Groupama Olympique Lyonnais Training Center on Gérard Houiller Field saw proper winter football with the match temperature being -10 with the wind chill. Lyon largely dominated the match from the off but were wasteful in the first half with Dzenifer Marozsan, Wendie Renard and Vicki Becho all missing chances. Becho, making her first start, made amends by delivering the key pass for le Sommer’s goal on 49 minutes. Selma Bacha also delivered an outstanding performance before leaving the field with an injury on 80 minutes. She will be examined on Monday but the fear is a pulled hamstring that will see her out for several weeks. Sara Däbritz was elected player of the game. Goals : Lyon – Eugénie Le Sommer (49), Sara Däbritz (80).

Jean-Pierre Thiesset’s EXCLUSIVE photo gallery from pitchside at the Groupama Training Centre

Table From: D1 Arkema

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