Division 1 Féminine - Week Five Round-up: Only goal difference separates Lyon, Montpellier & Paris Saint-Germain at the top

Montpellier and PSG both keep pace with defending champions Lyon as Albi move out of the relegation zone.

Division 1 Féminine - Week Five Round-up: Only goal difference separates Lyon, Montpellier & Paris Saint-Germain at the top
Division 1 Féminine - Week Five Round-up: Only goal difference separates Lyon, Montpellier & Paris Saint-Germain at the top

It was matchday 5 of the Division 1 Féminine this weekend and there was plenty of action to look forward to before the international break.

Olympique Marseille 1-6 Olympique Lyonnais

Week five of the Division 1 Féminine opened with another fine result for defending champions Olympique Lyonnais. After an impressive UEFA Women's Champions League victory over Avaldsnes in midweek, Lyon yet again produced a high scoring encounter at the Stade de la Pépinière putting six past Marseille, with three goals either side of the break.

Marseille coped well with Lyon's offensive threat in the first quarter but the breakthrough finally came in the 27th minute courtesy of Camille Abily. The France midfielder made contact with Ada Hegerberg's whipped cross to advert the ball past Anaïs Hatchi in the Marseille goal to take the lead.

Once the first goal came the home side struggled to deal with Lyon's style of play and from there the flood gates opened - just five minutes after the opener, Eugenie Le Sommer added the second smashing the ball past Hatchi from a tight angle. Hegerberg, the provider for the first goal turned goalscorer on the stroke of half-time, the Denmark forward got the beating of the Marseille defence and hit a powerful strike into the top of Hatchi's goal.

After the break, life didn't get any easier for Christophe Parra' side as Le Sommer completed her brace in the 49th minute after the ball fell kindly to her following a Dzsenifer Marozsán free kick. Confidence began to drain from the Marseille players with every goal conceded and this was evident when they fell to two quick fire goals, Amel Majri got the first and Marseille defender Tess Laplacette unfortunately turned the ball into her own net for the sixth just moments after entering the fray.

A surprising miss control in the backline left Marseille with something to savour in the 75th minute, Viviane Asseyi capitalised on the mistake to slot past Sarah Bouhaddi in the Lyon goal, grabbing a late consolation. Asseyi's strike was the first goal Gérard Prêcheur' side have conceded this season.

FC Metz 0-1 ASPTT Albi

ASPTT Albi moved out of the relegation spots this weekend with victory over fellow strugglers FC Metz, who have failed to score this season and currently sit bottom of the table with zero points on the board. 

Albi left it very late to grab all three points at the Stade Saint-Symphorie on Sunday, with Tatiana Solanet geting the solitary goal of the game in the 89th minute to take her team two points clear of the relegation zone.

Juvisy 1-2 Montpellier

It was a top of the table battle at the Stadium Robert Bobin Bondoufle on Saturday - Montpellier and Juvisy, last season's third and fourth place teams respectively, went head-to-head and Montpellier were once again one step ahead.

Only a point separated the two teams in last seasons' final standings and as expected it was a tight affair on Matchday five of this campaign. After a quarter of an hour Juvisy began to take control of the possession without creating any real goal-scoring opportunities, yet it was MHSC who opened the scoring in the 28th minute. Sandie Toletti's direct free kick from 25 yards bypassed the Juvisy wall and struck sweetly into the left hand corner of Céline Deville's goal to put Montpellier into the lead.

Juvisy were caught from the restart at the start of the second half. In form striker Sofia Jakobsson, who has scored six goals in her last five games, struck a left-footed strike in the 48th minute which once again caught Deville off guard on her left-hand side to double Montpellier's lead. 

The home side continually attempted a come back in the latter stages and the determination finally paid off with ultimately the last kick of the game, but Kadidiatou Diani's goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time was too little too late for Juvisy. 

Victory for Jean-Louis Saez sees Montpellier retain second place in the league standings, only trailing behind Lyon on goal difference.

Saint-Etienne 2-2 AS Soyaux

A week after their first win of the season over Marseille, AS Soyaux travelled to Saint-Etienne and left with a valuable point from the team who now sit a place above them on goal difference.

Audrey Chaumette opened the scoring for the home side just before half-time before Pamela Babinga equalised for Soyaux two minutes after the restart.

The visitors continued to press for the winner and were rewarded in the 59th minute as Laura Bourgouin slotted home. Unfortunately, Soyaux's lead lasted little over a minute as Maëlle Garbino cancelled out Bourgouin's strike to claim a draw for Saint Etienne.

Guingamp 2-2 Bordeaux

Bordeaux travelled to Brittany to face Guingamp on Matchday five and were forced to settle for a well-earned draw against a side who currently sit in fifth place in the table.

After Guingamp took the lead in the 20th minute courtesy of a Louise Fleury goal, Bordeaux sprinted out of the blocks in the second half and Nawael Oinekh reversed the scoreline in the 53rd minute to draw her team level.

With confidence brimming for the away side they managed to pull ahead by way of Sarah Cambot just five minutes later  - after a ball was floated over the Guingamp central defence by Sophie Istillart, Cambot latched onto the pass and dribbled her way around the keeper and slotted home Bordeaux's second of the game.

But, Guingamp managed to salvage some of the spoils in the latter stages as Desire Oparanozie levelled up in the 76th minute to deny the Girondins from leaving Saint Brieuc with all three points.

Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Rodez

Paris Saint-Germain continued their winning streak on Matchday five and kept pace with the leaders securing five victories from five games so far this season. This weekend's unfortunate opponents Rodez were defeated 4-0 at the Stade Sébastien Charléty - sending PSG into third place albeit goal difference being the only thing to seperate the Parisian's from the teams above them.

Patrice Lair's team broke the deadlock from a corner in the 23rd minute as Marie Antoinette Katoto sent a powerful header past Julie Niphon in the Rodez goal.

After the break, PSG added their second courtesy of a cross-shot from Cristiane in the 55th minute. The forward was involved once again in the 77th minute, Érika got on the end of Cristiane's free-kick to head home the third goal for last season's runners-up. And, Shirley Cruz sealed the deal five minutes from time to slot home PSG's fourth of the game.

A victory for the Parisians caps off a successful week, following the completed comeback in the Champions League. PSG overturned the 3-1 deficit from their first leg defeat to LSK Kvinner in Lillestrom to triumph 4-1 at home, sending them into the next round of the UEFA Women's Champions League.