Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg, who last scored a goal in 2017, was in top form on Sunday night at the Groupama stadium, as Olympique Lyon romped to a 6-1 win over Paris Saint Germain in the Division One Arkema week eight game.
It was a long-awaited match after the case of Aminata Diallo and Kheira Hamraoui that agitated the Parisian club this week. But after 20 minutes of action, the answer had already fallen unequivocally. While the Parisiennes had their heads underwater, Lyon had taken the lead by 2-0.
PSG had not lost in Lyon by three goals apart since April 2019.
Lyon opened the scoring in the 15th minute through a penalty that was cooly converted by American Catarina Macario, after the American was hooked by Swedish Amanda Ilestedt.
Three minutes later, Danielle van de Donk connected with a perfect cross from Bacha to head home the second goal of the night.
Matters went from bad to worse for PSG in the 26th minutes, when Ashley Lawrence was sent off for improperly preventing Melvine Malard from running towards the goal post.
After the break, Melvine Malard nod home a corner whipped in by Selma Bacha, six minutes later, Damaris Egurrola made it four for the Lyonnais with a firm header from Catarina Macario’s corner.
A 75th-minute header from Amanda llestedt gave the visitors a consolation prize.
Ada Hegerberg replaced Van de Donk in the 74th minute and did not hesitate to take advantage of the PSG weakness, scoring Lyon’s fifth and sixth goals.
“We all have responsibilities in relation to the group, and I take that very seriously, we all have to contribute something, work hard, have mutual trust and I enjoy being with them every day. I worked hard all of these times. I was hungry. I do not know what to say. I am very moved. I love this club, I love my sport”, Hegerberg said after the game.
Didier Ollé-Nicolle, the Parisian coach, was very disappointed after the heavy defeat. He lambasted the decision of the France Football Federation to go ahead with the game and not postpone it, despite the news around the Hamraoui and Diallo affair that has hurt the team “psychologically”.
“I have a lot of questions. There is an ethic of women’s football. In our championship, there are only 12 teams. There are plenty of dates to play this match.”