Paris Saint Germain keep the pressure on Lyon as Marie-Antoinette Katoto scored her second hat-trick in as many weeks as the Parisians beat FC Metz.
PSG started at lightning speed, taking the lead against bottom-of-the-table Metz less than a minute in. Lea Khelifi opened the scoring, with Katoto’s hat-trick then split up with a Nadia Nadim penalty.
Metz got one back at 4-0 down – Shnia Gordan scored the team’s sixth goal of the season.
Katoto scored her third in the 83rd minute to restore the four-goal lead that PSG had. That goal puts her on fifteen this season – overtaking Ada Hegerberg, who had scored 14 before her ACL rupture last weekend.Embed from Getty Images
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Lyon looked as comfortable as ever despite the loss of Hegerberg, with the league leaders running out 5-0 winners over Stade Reims.
Amel Majri opened the scoring 11 minutes in to settle the nerves of the reigning champions, who took hold of the game in the second half.
Nikita Parris scored her fifth goal of the season to double Lyon’s lead before Majri completed her brace.
Wendie Renard added the fourth from the penalty spot, with Jessica Silva netting the fifth three minutes from full-time.
Lyon have only conceded four goals in the league, with Sarah Bouhaddi now keeping 12 clean sheets.Embed from Getty Images
Bordeaux waiting in the wings
The gap between the top two sides remains at three points. Bordeaux are lurking in the shadows only four points behind PSG.
They secured their win last weekend thanks to a Delphine Chatelin screamer.
It was a moment of pure class from Chatelin that secured the three points as Bordeaux won 1-0.
She played a quick one-two with Claire Lavogez on the edge of the area, then curved a wondrous shot with her right foot into the top corner.
It truly gave goalkeeper Emmeline Mainguy no chance of stopping it.
Elsewhere in the league, Marseille’s torrid run of form continues. OM have now lost nine games on the trot after falling to a 3-1 defeat away at Guingamp.
There seemed to be hope in it for Marseille when Caroline Pizzala scored a penalty to equalise after Carlin Hudson opened the scoring.
Less than sixty seconds after making it 1-1, Marseille were behind again. Desire Oparanozie scored her fifth of the season to set Guingamp back on track.
They secured the three points in added time, with Louise Fleury scoring in the 92nd minute.
Guingamp are undefeated since the end of October. Their last loss came against Louise’s namesake, FC Fleury on October 26.
They should keep that run going next week as they face Metz.
Elsewhere in the league
Rounding out the fixture list were wins for Montpellier and Paris FC. They beat Fleury and Soyaux respectively.
Montpellier fought to a 3-0 win, with goals from Lena Petermann, Sakina Karchaoui and Marie Leger all coming in the final 10 minutes.
Clara Mateo scored her first goal of the season as Paris edged out Soyaux 1-0.
These results mean that every team that started in the top half of the table on Saturday won their games, with the gap between the top and bottom half of the table growing.