It’s only Matchday 1 and we get the feeling that it is Groundhog Day at the top of the table. The fixture list was not offering any duel between teams from last season’s top 5 and the new season shows already there is continuity in term of the teams’ hierarchy.
OL in full control mode, PSG goes to 7 heaven
The fenottes were at home to promoted side Marseille at a near capacity Groupama Training centre with close to 2 000 fans. With a successful preseason with two wins in the IWCC under their belt, there was no surprise to see a win against OM with six goals scored. The opener came in the third by one of the new signing Nikita Parris. Without their captain Wendie Renard who was put on substitute’s bench because of a virus or Amel Majri who was injured, the Captain for the day Eugenie Le Sommer was getting the second goal after some good work from Ada Hegerberg. The Norwegian had to wait a little bit to open her account, as she missed a cross from Alex Greenwood for Dzsenifer Marozsan to finish the move for the 2-0.
In the second half, OM went down to 10 after a red card, Cascarino got her goal on a turnover concluded by a nice solo move. And Hegeberg got a brace from two set pieces from Maroszan, the second goal was actually a follow through from an M’Bock shot that hit the crossbar. It was a large victory and coach Vasseur acknowledged it but also noted there was a lot of work to be done: “we are here to get better in everything that we do. Everything is not perfect, but the score line is good. We really wanted to start the season well. We created a lot of chances and could have scored a lot more goals”
A work in progress after that first game was also the word for the Marseille coach Christophe Parra “It was important to have a good quality of work today against the Champions League holders. The players learn a lot by playing those kinds of games. We have a lot of young players and it will be important to analyse what went right and wrong and to think on how to improve things “Guingamp is up next for Marseille in two weeks after the international break.
It’s only the first game of the season, we have to put things in perspective
Lyon was top of the League on Saturday; PSG overtook them on Sunday following their victory against Soyaux on the new artificial pitch at Stade Jean-Bouin. Like at the Lyon game, there was no need to wait very long to see the opener, as Marie-Antoinette Katoto opened her account less than a minute into the game. Last season’s top scorer took advantage of the space between Soyaux’s defensive lines to get a double. Hannah Glas then scored PSG’s third goal straight after the second one (3-0 35’). Unfortunately for her, Katoto would not add more goals to her tally as she had to be substituted with an injury in the 51st minute. Huitema checked in and was involved on the fourth goal from a corner, as her ball hit Diani before going in. Geyoro took advantage of a defensive mistake to get her goal, and Nadim also got on the scoresheet. Finally the new signing Däbritz scored with a toe-poke to make it seven and go top of the League. She was happy with the team’s performance: “ it was a perfect game, it is nice to have scored so many goals, I am very happy with this. We are really satisfied and hope to carry on this way”
A positive day for Olivier Echouafni” we got the victory, this is the most important point, you always have some doubts before the opening game. We did what was needed to open the score quickly, and we made the game easy to play by doing it. We managed to score a lot of goals without conceding. It is only the season’s first game, we have to put things in perspective”
Even if Soyaux’s squad had not changed much during the close season and with only Tandia missing through suspension, coach Sebastien Joseph was bemoaning the lack of basics implemented during the game. “ We did not play football today, there is a lot of disappointment. We made too many errors and presented them with goal scoring opportunities. We were too passive to get anything from that game. We need to rectify all those problems if we want to do something this season” There is certainly a lot to do for the team at the bottom of the league.
Bordeaux’s attack firing on all cylinders
As a team coming with new ambitions, the Bordeaux girls have started the season well against Fleury. They were the first team to score this season, thanks to a misunderstanding between Sevecke and her goalie. With a clear intent on an attacking style, Pedro Losa’s team carried on attacking and Asseyi’s shot was well stop by Gignoux-Soulier (12’). The first chance for Fleury came from Corboz but he shot lacked any power to surprise Nayler (18’). A few minutes later, Shaw powered past Sevecke but hit the crossbar (18’). She was rewarded later in the game when she headed in a corner from Jaurena (2-0 75’). Makanza brought the game back to 2-1 as she took advantage of an error by Thibaud, but a handball from Gadea allowed Asseyi to score a penalty ( 3-1 82’) with Shaw finishing off the game ( 4-1 90’)
Dijon collapse in ten minutes against PFC
PFC seems to be Dijon’s nemesis and Saturday’s game was no different from the previous ones. Dijon had started the game well, Barbance hitting the crossbar from long range (13’). The last minutes of the first half were all PFC with the German left-back Savin pushing forward to help with the overload and give two assists. First for Thiney, who finished with a great volley ( 1-0 38’) and then for Soyer with a powerful shot ( 2-0 42’). Then just before the half-time whistle Mateo found Catala for the (3-0 45+1’). An air pocket before the break according to the Dijon coach that left the players struggling to react during that ten minutes stint. He was still happy with his team’s second half performance. PFC managed the game in the second act, Dijon finally found an opening thanks to Carage after a good work from Bouillot ( 3-1 85’) but it was too little to late.
Le Bihan unlocks Reims’s defence,
Clarisse Le Bihan put her team on the right track by unlocking the Reims defence with a fantastic long range left footed shot that ended up under the crossbar (1-0 44’). Montpellier had not shown enough movement off the ball to so far in the game to surprise a well organised newly promoted team Reims. Their new goalie Schmitz hand to make an important save against Feller (29’), while Phillipe had a penalty shoot after a dubious contact with Karchaoui (42’). At the start of the second half, Simon fouled Mondesir and with the penalty converted by Le Bihan, Montpellier could breathe a lot better (2-0 47’). “we did more combination play and developed our game more “said the coach Frederic Mendy after the game. But the score line would not evolve even with a Petermann shot from 20 m going close to the top corner. The result was the main take from the Montpellier team while Amandine Miquel the Reims coach thought the performance and the dedication to the tasks shown during the game from her side were positives. “they fought with all their available weapons and competed well” A performance that will need to be repeated if they want to stay up.
Guingamp get some most needed points early in the season
Even if it was matchday 1, the game looked like a key relegation battle game. Both sides had to wait until the very end of the season to see their place in D1 Feminine confirmed and the winner on the day would have a big psychological boost. The head to head record is the tiebreaker in D1 Feminine. The game did not really allow us to gauge the real strength of FC Metz because of the early red card from their captain Melissa Godart for a foul on her opposite number Desire Oparanozie. A seemingly innocuous free-kick allowed Faustine Robert to surprise Justine Lerond and Guingamp to take the lead (1-0 30’) . FC Metz replied by Gordon who tried to lob Durand from 28 yards, but the goalie managed to clear the ball (34’). The game stayed open and could have gone both way right until the end when Louise Fleury on the play of the game scored the second and winning goal past Lerond (2-0, 90+4)
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