Women’s International Round Up: Red, White & Bleue

France put an end to top-ranked USA’s 28-game unbeaten streak, Shanice van de Sanden racked up the air miles, and Jess Fishlock is a superhero. As the teams turn the corner for the final stretch before the World Cup kicks off, we’re catching up on all the international break action from the stars of OL Féminin.

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Narrow Win Over Montpellier Keeps OL Féminin On Top

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.

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Alone On Top: OL Stay Perfect, Take Sole Possession of First Place

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.

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Reeled In: Welsh Midfielder Jess Fishlock Joins OL Féminin On Loan

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?

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