The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 21st round of 2022-2023 D1 Arkema season (23/5/23).

Above: Emotion overcomes Signe Bruun after she scores Olympique Lyonnais’ championship-winning goal. Photo: Damien LG.

Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 Olympique Lyonnais

Olympique Lyonnais won their 16th D1 Arkema title by winning 1-0 against Paris SG in Paris’s Parc des Princes stadium in front of 18,900 spectators.

Lyon had multiple opportunities to score in the first half starting in the third minute when Ada Hegerberg attempted a lob from 35 metres out. The PSG defence delivered a great performance to repel Lyon and throughout the first half, and the visitor’s pressure did not allow Paris SG’s players to play their usual game at all.

The second half was more even with both teams creating plenty of chances without scoring. And then on 88 minutes, substitute Amel Majri, who had only joined the game two minutes before, delivered a perfect cross to Signe Bruun who headed home the winner.

A worry though for Delphine Cascarino who was replaced on 55 minutes because of an injury to her right knee. We will know this week if she will be fit for the World Cup. Goal: Lyon – Signe Bruun (88).

Next week, on Saturday 27th May, Lyon’s players will be able to party with their fans in Groupama stadium for the last game of the season with their 10th Coupe de France and their 16th D1 Arkema title.

Reims 3-1 Dijon

Reims secured sixth place in the table with this comfortable win which included two goals from Melchie Dumornay who will be playing for Lyon next year. Dijon can still mathematically save their place but they face a Montpellier side who are playing for third spot and so it will be difficult, even at home. Goals: Reims – Melchie Dumornay (4, 69), Rofiat Imuran (89). Dijon – Maria Diaz (52).

Guingamp 2-1 Rodez

A narrow win for Guingamp that means Rodez are still not sure of D1 Arkema football next season. They are level on points with Dijon – the positive thing for Rodez is that they have a better goal difference: -28 versus -42 for Dijon. Goals: Guingamp – Eloïse Sévenne (17 Own Goal), Anissa Lahmari (77 Penalty). Rodez – Océane Saunier (27).

Paris FC 5-2 Soyaux

Paris FC were the dominant side, and the final score reflects their efficiency in attack. Soyaux are now surely relegated to D2. Ouleymata Sarr scored a D1 Arkema hat-trick for the first time since 2018. Goals: Paris FC – Ouleymata Sarr (20, 33 Penalty, 64), Clara Matéo (82), Mathilde Bourdieu (89). Soyaux – Laura Bourgoin (28), Morgane Belkhiter (72).

Above: Paris FC players celebrate their win over Soyaux. Photo: Paris FC.
Bordeaux 1-1 Fleury

In a very even game with several opportunities for both teams, neither was able take the lead at the end. Fleury could be disappointed as they should have had a penalty at the 54th minute. With this draw, Fleury let Paris FC move three points ahead of them and are now fifth in the standings, one point behind Montpellier. Goals: Bordeaux – Maëlle Garbino (83). Fleury – Marine Dafeur (76).

Montpellier 2-1 Le Havre

The run for the third qualifying spot in the Champions League is not finished yet. Montpellier’s win in this close game takes them into fourth place – two points behind Paris FC and one ahead of Fleury. Goals: Montpellier – Maelys Mpomé (78), Faustine Robert (90+7). Le Havre – Silke Demeyere (53).


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