Masculins / OL 2-1 Lille

A gutsy win

Published on 10 March 2012 at 11:02 PM
Disciplined and determined in the opening 45 minutes, Olympique Lyonnais battened down the hatches in a courageous second half performance to record a precious 2-1 victory over Lille and the three points that go with it...

After back to back defeats to Nancy in Ligue 1 (2-0) and APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League (1-0 and 4-3 on penalties), OL was desperate to bounce back against the reigning French champions LOSC...
Rémi Garde rang the changes from the side that went down in Cyprus: Lloris, Réveillère, Cris, Lovren, Dabo, Grenier, Gonalons, Bastos, Källström, Lisandro, Lacazette.

It was an even start to proceedings and despite their recent disappointments, the fans in the Stade Gerland were in fine voice as they sang to the glory of the OL coach. Alexandre Lacazette created the first chance of the match from a Lisandro service, but his deflected shot was comfortable for LOSC 'keeper Landreau (10'). Moments later, however, a fantastic run and cross up the right flank by Dabo saw Lacazette head home the opening goal from close range (12'). Dabo was in fine form and he then set up Källström whose control and shot flew just over (22'). Lille replied through January signing Nolan Roux but he could only find the outside of Lloris' net (31'). Les Gones looked confident and in control as stroked the ball around. From a raking Källström pass, Bastos nodded the ball down for Lacazette who battled well before releasing Lisandro who curled home a great goal beyond Landreau (39'). In first half stoppage time, Lille reduced their arrears as Chedjou headed home a Pedretti corner (45'). Once again, OL conceded from a set piece just before the break.

Rudi Garcia replaced Balmont with Payet as Lille looked to attack from the restart. And it was the substitute who was immediately into the action as he fired a scissor kick straight at Hugo Lloris. Michel Bastos then saw a fabulous free-kick kiss off the top of the crossbar and Lille also found the woodwork through De Melo's header (62'). After several weeks on the sidelines with injury, Dejan Lovren return to action was cut short when he received a second yellow card and was sent off (70'). With 20 minutes left to play, Rémi Garde's men buckled down to weather the storm. De Melo had a great chance to equalise, only to fire wide from an excellent position (77'). It was a tense ending as Lille tried to force the issue, but Lyon's defence showed great determination as they held on for the win. It was a gutsy performance and the reward was three priceless points...


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