PSG Feminine secure three points against Guingamp
By Hidayah Ali
PSG Feminine took on ninth-placed Guingamp for their first post-international break game last Sunday afternoon.
The Parisiennes won the game 1-0 after a goal from captain Grace Geyoro. That became Paris' third consecutive win by one goal and that same result in the league.
While Guingamp produced a commendable defensive performance, they never really troubled PSG when it came to scoring and couldn't even register a single shot on target. Paris was superior in all the stats and put on a solid display, but going forward they were a bit weaker compared to their usual standard.
Though it was from a defensive error, Grace Geyoro was there to slot the ball into the net to give her side the lead (and eventual win), continuing on her goalscoring form found at her national team, France.
The girls did have a chance to put themselves 2-0 up after a shot from number 10, Ramona Bachmann, but the opposition keeper was alert to prevent a second goal. That was the only real opportunity that could have meant something.
Overall, PSG did enough to get three points and stay a point behind leaders Lyon, who beat Paris FC 2-0 a little bit later on.
Reviewing some PSG Feminine performers
For me and as is often the case, Sakina Karchaoui was the standout player on the pitch last weekend. Her gameplay is exceedingly impactful, and her drive to win games gives her these standout performances, which are worth mentioning.
Amalie Vangsgaard was another very impressive one. While she didn't see much of the goal, the skill she produced was remarkable.
Grace Geyoro, for me, will be the most critical player for the remainder of the season. PSG is short of goalscorers, and Geyoro can play her part in that, but her overall contribution to games is so vital, and it's exactly what the squad will need with the more competitive matchups ahead.
Mansitta Traore only got about a minute of playing time, but being called on during games is an excellent step for the youngster to build her confidence (which is what this season has been about to her PSG career).
She already got her team a win against Bordeaux on a previous matchday and has proved her potential to grow into an essential figure in Paris' team.
Next up for PSG is Paris FC, in a May 7th clash that will be played at the Parc des Princes in an inter-capital affair.