Week 6 in the Division 1 Féminine came after the international break and for some teams, the break did not help them resolve their issues so far this season.
Montpellier 1 - 2 OL
With only one win in five games, Montpellier HSC knew that a win against Olympique Lyonnais would potentially stop the rot and help them regain their self-belief. Unfortunately for the home side, they could not find enough in them to stop the champions from picking up their sixth straight win. The first goal of the game in the 44 minute when Griedge Mbock's free kick eventually made its way to Eugénie Le Sommer and the French international made no mistake with a volleyed finish. The second goal of the game came in the 52 minute when Amel Majri's cross picked out new signing Jess Fishlock and the experienced midfielder finished with ease to put the visitors on top. Valérie Gauvin pulled one back for Montpellier in the 72 minute with the team's third goal of the season but it was not enough to help the home side to at least push on for a point.
OL were not as impressive as one would have thought considering Montpellier's form this season but they say the sign of champions is winning ugly and OL proved they could do just that this weekend. For Montpellier, Jean-Louis Saez will have to find some answers soon as a team with the talent that Montpellier possess should not be sitting in tenth.
Dijon FCO's showed no signs of waking from their dream start to the season as they thumped ASJ Soyaux by three goals, much to the delight of their fans. The hosts had to wait until the second half to get going but once they did, there was no stopping them. Léa Declercq picked up the first goal of the match with a great finish in the 66 minute. That was followed ten minytes later by a goal by Lindsey Thomas, who after collecting Kenza Dali's throw in, skipped past the goalkeeper and finished into an empty net. Dali herself then got on the scoresheet in the 85 minute with a well-taken penalty and picked up her third goal of the season.
Dijon moved up into fourth with their win against Soyaux and with Kenza Dali leading the way, the newly promoted side are proving to be a tough side for any team to beat. Soyaux have not been bad this season but against Dijon, they seemed lost and their performance reflected that as they had no answers to what Dijon were doing. They now sit in eighth after their third loss of the season and will be looking to bounce back next week.
After four games without a win, Paris FC finally found their groove and put four past a hapless Rodez AF, giving new manager Sandrine Soubeyrand her first win. Gaëtane Thiney scored the first of her two goals early in the match as picked up her own rebound to put the home side ahead. Thiney's second came two minuted later when she first-timed a cross from Linda Sällström and gave Paris a commanding lead. Sällström then made it three in the 26 minute with a shot that the goalkeeper got a glove to but could not prevent from going in. Michaela Abam finished things off in stoppage time as she was picked out by Thiney and finished low past the goalkeeper.
Paris move up to sixth with their win and will be happy to have bounced back from some shocking results before the international break. Rodez remain in the relegation zone and due to goal difference, are now at the bottom of the league. They will have an enormous task now to try and avoid relegation this season.
Paris Saint-Germain kept the pressure on OL with a win against struggling FC Metz this weekend, thanks to a hat trick by Marie-Antoinette Katoto. Amelie Delabre actually shocked the visitors in the sixth minute as some slack marking during a corner allowed Delabre to sneak in and score from close range. The home side managed to hang on to that lead until half time but after that, it became the Katoto show.
Katoto pulled PSG level in the 54 minute when she converted a penalty and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. The second arrived in the 68 minute when after some great build up, Wei Wang found Katoto who then placed her shot past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Katoto then nabbed her third in the 83rd minute after Kadidiatou Diani put the ball into her path and the young forward added her fourth goal of the season.
PSG remain in second, two points away from the top but they will be happy with their performance as it keeps OL within their sights. Metz remain rooted in the relegation zone in eleventh and like Rodez, will need a strong showing from here on out if they want to avoid the drop.
FC Girondins de Bordeaux came across a stubborn EA Guingamp defence this weekend and could not find a way past the away side. Viviane Asseyi had chances to try and gain a goal for her side but Guingamp remained resolute and stayed compact throughout the match.
Bordeaux remain in third despite the draw and will be happy to see themselves so far up the table. Guingamp slide into seventh but will be happy with the clean sheet as they had failed to do so in their previous matches.
Lille OSC and Fleury 91 also played out a goal less draw but this game saw both sides create plenty of chances to win the game, only to be failed by their finishing.
Lille remain in ninth but will need to pick up a win soon as they are beginning to lose sight of those above them in the table. Fleury are now in fifth, having now drawn their last three matches. They will also be looking to start picking up three points again to prevent them from sliding further down the table.