Les Parisiennes leave Bordeaux with a draw
The women's team couldn't quite find that something in order to secure the victory against Bordeaux, in their second match of the league campaign.
A week after their first win of the season over Guingamp (4-1), Olivier Echouafni's side travelled to Bordeaux for a gala match. But it was with a real lack of incisiveness combined with the stifling heat in Libourne - 34 degrees at kick-off - that Les Rouge et Bleu had to deal with.
Out on the pitch, there was no question about Les Parisiennes' domination. Well set-up, solid and full of commitment, both in defence and in attack, the team from the capital didn't stop pushing as they looked to find the breakthrough.
But some days, chances just aren't enough, and this Sunday afternoon was an example of just that. An early strike from Sara Dabritz slipped just past the post and set the tone for what was to come (7'). And then efforts from Ramona Bachmann and Marie-Antoinette Katoto (14') ensured it was a very intense first quarter of an hour. Bachmann won a penalty after Charlotte Bilbeau handled the ball, but Moorhouse was determined to deny Katoto from the spot, and kept her side in the game (20').
The forward wasn't perturbed, however, and continued to search for the all important goal with a series of efforts (33', 44'). Les Parisiennes could also have found the opener after a bizarre sequence of events, starting with a strike from Kadidiatou Diani, whose goal was eventually ruled out by the referee (45').
"Goal or no goal, we need to score in the second half in order to win this match" warned Ashley Lawrence between the two halves, as the team looked to end with the controversy and focus on what was to come.
As the sides returned from the dressing room, very little changed: a host of chances for the visitors, and a couple attacks for Les Bordelaises.
Dominating across the pitch with the bulk of possession, Paris Saint-Germain continued to put their hosts under pressure... But were still unable to break them down, as was demonstrated by another shot on target from Katoto, that was dealt with once again by the goalkeeper (58').
Saved by the post after Luana powerfully struck at goal (70') and then on two occasions as Kadi Diani's headed at goal (80', 82'), Les Bordelaises hung on by the skin of their teeth.
The D1 Arkema league leaders will now switch their focus to their next outing, back in the capital, with the visit of Stade de Reims on Friday.
BORDEAUX - PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (0-0)
D1 Arkema - Week 2
Stade J-A Moueix (Libourne)
BORDEAUX: Moorhouse – Périsset, Thibaud, Gilles, Cascarino (Lardez 63') – Lavogez (Pali 78'), Bilbaut (c), Jaurena, Karchouni (Jenkins 64') – Snoeijs, Shaw. Coach: Martinez Losa
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Endler – Lawrence, Paredes (c), Dudek, Morroni – Luana, Däbritz (Huitema 92') – Diani, Bachmann (Baltimore 69'), Bruun (Nadim, 84'), Katoto. Coach: Echouafni