It was a daunting week for the French and European champions, with two games against top teams in D1 Féminine on either side of a trip to Amsterdam for a mid-week Champions League match. But les Fenottes came through with flying colors, beating all three opponents and conceding just one goal over the week. The final victory in the series was a 3-0 win over Bordeaux on Sunday, ensuring that Lyon remain on top of the D1F table.
Les Fenottes kicked off a critical week for their title defenses with an important 2-1 win over a dangerous Montpellier team. Montpellier managed to end OL’s run of clean sheets, but couldn’t keep Lyon from maintaining a perfect 6-0 record in D1 Féminine.
It wasn’t always pretty, but it’s the result that counts. Lyon picked up a 2-0 win away at Rodez on Sunday, as Saki Kumagai and Delphine Cascarino each recorded their first goals of the season. And with PSG only managing a draw at home against Lille, Lyon are alone in first place as the only D1 Féminine team with 5 wins from 5.
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.
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.
Last week, Lyon’s all-world team of superstars kicked off their quest toward a 13th straight D1 Féminine title with an 8-0 win over Lille. Lyon are top of the table just one week in, and we fully expect they’ll be there when the season wraps up in May. But every team of heroes needs its supervillains, and D1F has its share of pretenders aiming to knock les Fenottes off the throne. While the team is off for the international break, let’s get to know the challengers. Continue reading “Bring on the Pretenders: Sizing Up the D1F Competition”