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OL maintain infernal rhythm

Published on 23 September 2006 at 8:02 PM
With 19 points from a possible 21, Les Olympiens have confirmed their place at the top of the Ligue 1 standings ahead of the weekend’s final games...
Looking for the points they dropped last week against Toulouse (1-3, Week 6), Les Dogues came to the Stade Gerland looking for points and confidence… and they probably had every right to do so given the recent results between the two sides. After four straight wins against the champions, Claude Puel’s side was hoping to live up to its reputation as Lyon Bogey Team... unfortunately for them, it was to be a very different story...

After a bout of head-tennis between Abidal, Govou and Squillaci, Malouda was on hand to chest the ball down and unleash a stinging volley that deflected just beyond the despairing lunge of Malicki in the Lille goal (6’). The Northerners would have their work cut out this evening…
Combative and efficient in front of goal, they did however, manage to briefly draw level when Keita’s volley found its way past Coupet, via Cris’ thigh. The goal lifted Chalmé and Co and the visitors matched their hosts, and even created the better chances: Schmitz couldn’t get his header on target (35’) while Keita cross couldn’t find any takers and was gratefully claimed by Coupet (37’).
At the other end of the field, Malouda’s left-foot drive was punched clear by Malicki while Réveillère’s half-volley ended up in the stands (38’). It was end to end stuff as the first half ended all-squad. Govou, Schmitz and Fred all received bookings in the first period.

After the break, Lille picked up where they’d left off with Coupet pulling off a reflex stop to deny a Makoun header. It was a decisive save... as was Fred’s backheel into the path of his captain Juninho, who added the finishing touches by beating Malicki to regive Lyon the lead (52’). In the space of seconds, the match had been turned on its head. More rhythm, more movement and more success for the Olympians...
Källström let fly with a rocket from the edge of the area which was too hot to handle for Sylva’s replacement Malicki (62’). Juninho and Malouda combined to work the ball from the edge of the penalty box to the six-yard box before Bodmer arrived in extremis.
Abidal slid in to win the ball and launched the counterattack. The France left-back’s pin-point cross picked out Fred who side-footed passed the hapless Malicki (65’).
Fred could do no wrong. While he underhit his volley from Kallström’s cross, he made up for it when he was sent free by Juninho. The Lyon hit-man scored his second of the evening and rejoined Odemwingie at the top of the L1 goal-scorers’ charts with a diagonal shot across the face and into the bottom left corner (68’). Fred then received a standing ovation as he made way for Karim Benzema. Govou and Toulalan were replaced by Wiltord and Diarra as Les Lyonnais maintained their lead to the end (77’). Benzema and Malouda went close to making the defeat even more embarrassing for Lille from two more brilliant passes from Kallström.

With 19 points from a possible 21, Les Olympiens have confirmed their place at the top of the Ligue 1 standings ahead of the weekend’s final games...

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