A weekend in which the leaders take on the second-placed side and third meet fourth is always likely to feature among the highlights of any championship season. But when a league-leading side that has not yet dropped a point and only conceded one goal fails to leave the pitch victorious, even the term ‘sensation’ seems appropriate. Top-of-the-table Olympique Lyon could not break the deadlock at Montpellier, leaving them without a win or a goal to show for their efforts for the first time in the current campaign. Playmaker Louisa Necib had the best chance of the game when her powerful free-kick effort struck the crossbar. Despite their disappointment, Lyon still had reason to celebrate as France captain Wendie Renard returned to competitive action following a meniscus injury.
In the other big game of the weekend, Paris Saint-Germain emerged from their derby against Juvisy with a comfortable 5-0 win to tighten their grip on third place. Germany striker Anja Mittag scored a brace in a display that earned her player of the match. “Everyone knows how important it is to beat Juvisy and keep the pressure on Lyon and Montpellier,” said PSG’s Swedish international Caroline Seger. “We’ll fight to the very end.”