A 5-0 win for OL Féminin over Avaldsnes on Thursday secured the defending champs’ spot in the Champions League Round of 16. Lyon came into the match with a 2-0 advantage on aggregate after their win in Norway two weeks ago, and recorded goals from each of the front three to avoid any surprise early in the season’s biggest competition.
For a second there, Jess Fishlock may have thought she might get a chance to relax this offseason. She’s been bouncing back and forth between the Seattle Reign in the NWSL and Melbourne City in Australia’s W-League for a few years, and no one could have blamed her if this time around she wanted a few months to relax and recover after the NWSL season wrapped up.
Then Lyon came calling. Big club, meet tiny dragon.
It’s already been quite a week for the central midfielder. Since the club announced her arrival on loan on Monday, Fishlock has made it to Lyon, picked up her #24 jersey, met the French press, rediscovered the perils of driving a stick shift, and, oh yeah, hit the field with her new teammates. And with Coach Reynald Pedros announcing Wednesday that Fishlock could be ready for game action as soon as Sunday in Rodez, things are moving fast.
So where does the Seattle Reign star fit in with the European champs?
Ada Hegerberg bagged a hat trick and Lyon scored four goals from headers en route to a 5-0 victory over Paris FC on Saturday. Wendie Renard and Amandine Henry were also on the scoresheet, as OL Féminin remained flawless on the season with four wins from four and no goals conceded.
The final scoreline was comfortable, but the match itself was anything but. For the second time in a week, OL Féminin left the scoring until late, but three late goals from Eugénie Le Sommer helped the team maintain their perfect record in D1 Féminine.
Nothing came easy on Wednesday as Lyon battled their way to a 2-0 win over Avaldsnes in the Champions League’s Round of 32. It wasn’t the lopsided result we might have anticipated, but two second half goals mean les Fenottes have one foot in the next round after a frustrating afternoon.
Amel Majri continued her torrid start to the D1 Féminine season, leading OL Féminin to a 4-0 victory over ASJ Soyaux on Saturday. Majri followed up her two goal, two assist performance in week one over Lille with two more goals and another assist.
Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen, and Carolin Simon all punched their ticket to next summer’s World Cup, while Shanice van de Sanden’s Netherlands squad has another battle ahead. Plus France stays hot and Canada bounces back. With the team reunited in Lyon, we’re catching up on all the international action from OL Féminin.