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25 September in OL history

Published on 25 September 2012 at 9:52 AM
Each Tuesday, we look back at a special date in the history of Olympique Lyonnais… Today we go back to very special 25 September…

The Lyon supporters won't forget this day in a hurry! The 100th derby ended in a 1-0 defeat. Les Lyonnais totally dominated Les Verts, firing off no less that 28 shots and hitting the post twice as well as the crossbar... and five other clear-cut chances... But the unthinkable arrived courtesy of Payet's free-kick… and the OL supporters were not happy! Les Verts put an end to many years without a win over their rivals. OL had only five points after seven matches and were sitting 18th on the ladder. Claude Puel is in the supporters sights… President Jean-Michel Aulas heads out to calm the North Stand. It was a nightmare!

OL: Lloris – Réveillère, Diakhaté, Lovren, Cissokho – Toulalan (c), Gourcuff (Pjanic 82'), Källström – Briand (Pied 87'), Gomis, Bastos. Coach: Puel

In Nantes, OL were playing Week 9 of the season, undefeated on 18 pints. Three days later they were on the road to Rosenborg for the second match of the UCL group stage after opening with a 3-0 trouncing of Real Madrid. Gérard Houllier was resting players against Les Canaris. And Toulalan and the rest of his Nantes teammates gave OL a lesson. But they survived thanks to the talent of Greg Coupet who produced a stunning match with no less than six astonishing saves, including a penalty stop. He was unbeatable, from near or far. He would have stopped a marble fired from a gun! Greg kept a cleansheet and in the final minutes, Fred headed home a Malouda free-kick that saw OL complete the perfect hold up. Great coaching… At the final whistle all Les Olympiens ran to celebrate with their hero. It remained one of the OL 'keepers greatest matches.

OL: Coupet – Diatta, Cris, Cacapa (c), Monsoreau – Pedretti (Govou 78'), Tiago, Clément – Frau (Fred 59'), Carew, Wiltord (Malouda 70'). Coach: Houllier

 25 SEPTEMBER 2001

Having lost their opening game of the UCL against Bayer Leverkusen, OL headed to Istanbul to take on Fenerbahce. The match was not a classic. The Turkish side didn't play well and OL made the difference in the 89th minute with a Delmotte strike. The match was touched with the sadness of coach Jacques Santini losing his father that day.


The birth of Stéphane Roche, director of the OL youth academy.