No worries for OL. Not at all... Wendie Renard and her Lyon teammates, eliminated in the quarter-finals by Chelsea last season, won 9-0 on the field of the Czechs at Slavia Prague this Tuesday, during the first day of the tournament phase. Champions League pools. Demonstration, recital, walk… Use whatever term you want: there was no match. A perfect debut for OL women, always at the top, while the men are navigating the depths of the L1 rankings.
As efficient as they are serious, Sonia Bompastor's players made the talk from the 3rd minute of play by Sara Daebritz before unfolding in a one-sided first act: 6-0 for OL at the break (!), with goals from Danielle Van de Donk, Vanessa Gilles, Eugénie Le Sommer and Kadidiatou Diani. The latter scored again in stoppage time, when for a time we could believe that Wendie Renard had catapulted the ball into the back of the net with a header. Infernal machine! A bit less diligent in the restart, with less rhythm, the French champions had a few scares... before a penalty converted by Ada Hegerberg, Lyon's seventh scorer of the day. In any case, the suspense had obviously vanished a long time ago in Prague... On a lightning counter, Amel Majri increased the score further, then Gilles from a corner, for his double (0-9 final score). Nine goals is as many as in 2016, when Lyon won 9-1 against Slavia Prague in the quarterfinals. This is a record equaled in the group stage.
Next European meeting for Fenottes? November 22 (6:45 p.m.) at Groupama Stadium, against Sankt Pölen. Before that, they will host Dijon in D1, Friday evening (9 p.m.). Remember that two other French teams are involved in C1 ladies: on Wednesday, PSG will face Ajax in Amsterdam (9 p.m.), while Paris FC will challenge the Swedes from Häcken (6:45 p.m.).