One down, one to go!
This year, the last-16 of the Coupe de la Ligue threw up a mouth-watering derby for both sets of supporters!
In a near-capacity-packed Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Les Stéphanois tried to take the game to their opponents in the opening minutes. From Gradel's corner, Kitambala gave the Lyon camp an early scare (3'). Alex Lacazette responded in kind with a shot that flashed just wide of the mark after good work from Briand (9'). As the minutes past, OL slowly took control of proceedings, but apart from a few long-range efforts, neither side looked like troubling the scorers. In the end, the first shot on target of the match, broke the deadlock. Kim Källström's free-kick deflected off the Saint-Etienne wall and fell invitingly for Jimmy Briand on the edge of the six-yard box who gratefully accepted the invitation to beat Ruffier and open the scoring (40').
At the start of the second half, Alex Lacazette met Aly Cissokho's cross perfectly, Ruffier was equal to the task (49'). Ederson and Co. continued to control the game and the introduction of Sako and Batlles didn't have the desired effect for the hosts. OL moved two goals clear from the penalty spot after Lacazette was brought down. Michel Bastos was patient while the referee halted play to clear the pitch of projectiles thrown from the Saint-Etienne Kop, before firing home the spot kick (67'). Tempers flared after the second goal for OL, but the referee, Mr. Turpin, calmed everyone down and play eventually continued. Galtier's home side pushed for a way back into the game and Gradel hit the frame of Rémy Vercoutre's goal with a strike from distance (75'). Les Verts finally got on the score-sheet through Aubameyang who, from just a couple of metres out, knocked home Sako's cross (82'). The end of the match saw no more drama as Dris led OL home to a deserved win.
Les Gones are qualified for the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals, but more than that, they defeated derby rivals Saint-Etienne, who they meet again in Ligue 1, in three days time at the Stade Gerland...