The Division 1 Féminine had its final round of matches before the international break and it the biggest story of the weekend came from the bottom of the standings.
Rodez AF and FC Metz have had campaign to forget this season but both teams knew that a win this weekend would help them move closer to safety. FC Metz were the winners on this occasion as they came away from Rodez as 3-2 winners. The hosts opened the scoring early in the match when Elise Bonet managed to get into the penalty area before finding an unmarked Kimberley Cazeau who finished from close range. Maureen Bigot brought Metz level again in the 28th minute after she was found at the back post by Marie-Laure Delie. Amélie Delabre then put Metz ahead in the 34th minute with a curling effort that moved past the goalkeeper and Léa Khelifi made it 3-1 in the 66th minute with an effort that rocketed into the top corner of the goal. Léonie Fleury pulled one back in the 82nd minute for Rodez but Metz held on for an important win.
The win pushed FC Metz into eleventh and just two points away from safety. Another win in the next round could pull them out of the relegation zone for the first time this season. Meanwhile, Rodez are now six points away from safety and without a win this season, their prospects of escaping relegation are getting smaller and smaller each week.
Montpellier 2 - 0 Paris
The "Soubeyrand effect" ended this weekend as Paris FC lost away to Montpellier HSC. Montpellier rediscovered their form in front of goal and managed to get an important win for themselves and their ambitions this season. Valérie Gauvin put Montpellier on top in the 39th minute with a penalty after Camille Catala fouled Janice Cayman. Clarisse Le Bihan made it two in the 51st minute when Sofia Jakobsson picked out the forward at the far post and she nodded it past the goalkeeper's dive. Paris FC kept knocking on the door to try and get back into the game but Casey Murphy was in outstanding form this weekend and kept her team ahead for the full 90 minutes.
Despite the loss, Paris stay in third due to goal difference and will look to try and make an impression at the top of the table over the next few weeks. Montpellier move up to seventh and are on a four-way tie with three other teams all on eleven points. The home side are still a long way off their UEFA Women's Champions League ambitions but a win against the likes of Paris FC will help them regain some of their self-belief.
Olympique Lyonnais continue to be the "crème de la crème" of the French top division as they swept aside Dijon FCO in a 5-0 win. Amandine Henry scored the first of her two goals on the day in the 26th minute after latching on to a backheel by Amel Majri. Dzsenifer Marozsán then scored her first goal of the season in the 38th minute with a powerful effort from outside the box. Marozsán then turned provider in the 75th minute when her corner kick found the head of Wendie Renard and two minutes later, Henry added her second of the day. Renard then finished off the scoring in stoppage time with a well-taken penalty kick.
OL stay at the top of the league and two points clear of their nearest rival. The champions look to be in great form and will need a big effort by another team to stop them from picking up another league title this season. Dijon slide down into eighth thanks to this loss but it probably will not dampen their spirits too much as not many teams can travel to Lyon and come away with anything more than no points.
En Avant de Guingamp bounced back from last weekend's loss with a great win over Fleury 91. Adélie Fourre gave the hosts a quick start with a goal in the fourth minute after some fine attacking play by Desire Oparanozie. Oparanozie then got herself onto the scoresheet in the 14th minute as she turned her defender before firing into the right corner of the net. Marie-Charlotte Léger pulled one back for Fleury in the 42nd minute but after the break, Louise Fleury extended Guingamp's lead in the 52nd minute. Fourre then capped off a fine performance with her second of the match six minutes later and finished off the game as a competition overall.
Guingamp are now in fourth after their victory this weekend and will look to try and stay as far up the table as possible this season. Fleury move into sixth and will also try to stay as high up the table as possible this season.
Marie-Antoinette Katoto's brilliant start to the season helped Paris Saint-Germain pick up another three points against FC Gironds de Bordeaux on Sunday morning. Katoto scored the opening goal in the ninth minute as she headed home from Wang Shuang. The away side had to wait a long time before they could finish off the game and make certain of the three points as they could not breach the Bordeaux goal again until the 82nd minute. Kadidiatou Diani, who has also started this season in fine form, scored the game-winning goal as she made her way past a defender before finishing low past the goalkeeper.
It was not a vintage performance by PSG but they will take the three points all the same as it keeps them within touching distance of OL in second. With their third consecutive loss, Bordeaux slide down into fifth and know that they will need to start picking up points again before they slide too far down the table.
ASJ Soyaux and Lille OSC played out a 1-1 draw which will not aid either sides' ambitions. Soyaux scored first in the 32nd minute thanks to Lucie Pingeon but after holding on for most of the match, Danielle Tolmais equalised for Lille in the 78th minute. As time wound down, neither side could find the winner and it ended all square when the final whistle blew.
Soyaux and Lille remain in the same league positions as they were last week in eighth and ninth respectively. Both sides will want to start winning again to avoid being drawn into a relegation scrap.