Masculins / OL 2-1 Auxerre

A great result

Published on 07 April 2012 at 11:06 PM
In a really tough match of Ligue 1 football, Olympique Lyonnais defeated AJ Auxerre 2-1 thanks to pair of Lisandro penalties.

OL played host to the league's bottom club AJ Auxerre in Week 31 with both side's boasting contrasting ambitions coming into the game. OL are still eyeing third place in the competition while Auxerre are fighting for their top-flight survival.
Michel Bastos was left out with a knock as Rémi Garde went with the following starting XI: Lloris, Réveillère, Lovren, Cissokho, Gonalons, Grenier, Briand, Källström, Lisandro, Gomis.

It was an assured and confident start by OL. Jimmy Briand took the first shot in anger with a long-range try and then an outside of the right-foot effort without hitting the target (6'). With each minute, OL looked more and more likely to open the scoring. Gomis fired just wide, just like Lisandro on the volley from a favourable counter (18'). Lisandro saw a first penalty claim waved away by the referee, Monsieur Buquet. But just minutes later the Argentine was brought down a second time in the box and this time got the penalty that he put away himself (29'). Rémi Gard's side appeared right in control until a Samuel Umtiti mistake allowed the visitors back into the game; his back pass to Hugo Lloris, only sent Alain Traore through on goal for the equaliser (42'). It was a lifeline that the AJA barely deserved and right before half-time...

Both sides had chances at the start of the second half. Auxerre continued to operate on the counterattack and were causing the OL backline some problems. Bafé Gomis missed a great after good work from Lisandro (49'). Clément Grenier and Co. were right on top but lacked the finishing pass. Sam Umtiti made up for his earlier mistake by denying Oliech on the line after the Kenyan had rounded Hugo Lloris (61'). Les Gones finished the game on top and went looking for the winner. After driving into the area, Bafé Gomis was denied by Sorin just as he prepared to pull the trigger (67'). But OL's efforts were rewarded with a second spot kick when Lisandro was brought down for a second time and for the second time, he took charge himself and made no mistake (71'). OL had several chances to extend their lead but the main thing was the victory and the three points that go with it in the race for the top three...

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