Masculins / ASSE 0-1 OL

OL win the derby!

Published on 17 March 2012 at 10:55 PM
Olympique Lyonnais won the 104th derby against Saint-Etienne 1-0 thanks to a goal to second-half substitute Bafé Gomis...

Les Lyonnais headed to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Week 28 in the rare position of actually trailing their neighbours in the standings. However a win would see OL move back above Les Verts and provide the perfect way for Cris to celebrate his 300th match in a Lyon shirt.  Rémi Garde went with the following starting XI: Lloris, Réveillère, Cris, B.Koné, Dabo, Grenier, Gonalons, Bastos, Källström, Lisandro, Lacazette.

OL made the ideal start with Källström crossing for the head of Alex Lacazette, only for Ruffier to make the save. The young Lyon striker was irrepressible in the early exchanges and he burst into the ASSE area and went down only to be cautioned for simulation (12'). The match started at a cracking pace and Les Stéphanois were quickly into the game, forcing Hugo Lloris to punch clear Sako's free-kick. But the best chances were still falling to OL. Michel Bastos stung Ruffier's palms with a curling effort from 20 metres out.   Just minutes before half time, OL could have had a penalty when Aubameyang brought down Michel Bastos in the area, but, astonishingly, referee Monsieur Jaffredo waved play on.

At the start of the second half, Marchal wasn't far from picking up a second booking as he planted his studs in Lisandro's back. Les Stéphanois were more cutting after the restart and Sako's cross was almost met by Aubameyang in the middle. A few minutes later, the Gabon international shot across the face of Hugo Lloris' goal. From the 70th minute mark, OL starting carving out the chances and after a one-two with Lisandro, Anthony Réveillère shot at Ruffier. Lisandro then had two gilt-edged chances from a pair of Kim Källström crosses from the left. The first was blocked on the line by the Saint-Etienne 'keeper and the second was headed wide (74'). Bafé Gomis replaced Alexandre Lacazette and he had a stunning impact against his former side. He let fly with a 30-metre effort that took just the slightest deflection before ending up in the back of Ruffier's net (81'). OL finally had their reward. Les Gones could even have run away with it in the final minutes, but the main thing was a third consecutive win over their derby rivals this season and three crucial points that have OL right back in the hunt for a top three finish...

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