Late rally sees off spirited Dijon

Olympique Lyonnais Women produced a fine second half display to complete a fight-back against Dijon and secure a 4-1 win in a Friday night Division 1 clash at the Groupama OL Training Center.

Perhaps tiredness from the exertions of their midweek trip to Prague and the 9-0 thumping of Slavia Prague was to blame for Lyon’s slow start and they found themselves a goal behind when Maria Diaz put Dijon ahead in the 25th minute. However, that goal acted as a wake-up call and Lyon struck back nine minutes later through right-back Alice Sombath.

Nevertheless, struggling Dijon, who are still in search of their first win of the season, refused to roll over and the deadlock lasted until the interval and well into the second period.

Lyon coach Sonia Bompastor introduced a few of the big guns to try to force the issue, with Danielle Van de Donk and Lindsey Horan entering the fray at half time and Sara Daebritz and Ada Hegerberg coming off the bench in the 63rd minute.

Eventually they found a breakthrough courtesy of Melchie Dumornay on 70 minutes and Hegerberg made it 3-1 three minutes later. With Dijon’s spirit finally broken, Sara Daebritz completed the scoring with a minute of normal time remaining.

Lyon therefore maintained their 100% record in Division 1, with eight wins from eight games and are six points clear of Paris FC, although the Parisians now have a game in hand.