Once upon a time on 2 October
Of the big dates in OL history, sits 2 October 2002 in the group stage of the Champions League. OL travelled to San Siro to take on Inter Milan. Paul Le Guen went with three central defenders and Vikash Dhorasoo at right-back! A winning tactical approach… Les Lyonnais produced a superb performance agaisnt Cannavaro and Co. in a stadium with barely 30,000 spectators. Govou opened the scoring from a visionary Carrière pass in the 21st minute and Sonny Anderson doubled the advantage in the second half with a fantastic left-foot finish that nestled into Toldo top corner. It was one of Sonnygoal's great strikes for OL! Cannavaro reduced the arrears in the 73rd minute. It was a supreme performance from Ol who had lost to Ajax and defeated Rosenborg and were in an excellent position to go through... unfortunately, the return leg was not so positive.
Inter: Toldo – J. Zanetti (cap), Cordoba, Cannavaro, Materazzi, Coco (Pasquale 86)– Almeyda, Di Biagio (Conceicao 70), Recoba, Dalmat (Morfeo 60)– Crespo. Coach: Cuper.
OL: Coupet – Dhorasoo, Müller, Cacapa, Edmilson, Bréchet – Violeau, Diarra, Carrière (Juninho 88) – Govou (Vairelles 91), Anderson (cap) (Laville 73) . Coach: Le Guen.
Goals: for Inter, Cannavaro (73'); for OL, Govou (21'), Anderson (73').
The oldest OL fans won't have forgotten 2 October 1955! Les Lyonnais were at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and recorded their first ever win on 'enemy territory' thanks to a Camille Ninel goal in the 49th minute with a 25-metre strike that beat Ferrière. Les Lyonnais were magnificent, perfectly illustrated by their 'keeper Henri Alberto. It was an historical success. At the time, the fans didn't know that they would have to wait until 20 October 1968 for another win away to Saint-Etienne!
OL: Alberto –Mouynet, Nowak, Ninel, Lerond, Knayer, Farmanian, Antonio, Schultz, Ramon, Fatton. Coach: Fatton.
2 October 2011, Pastore lit up the Parc des Princes by opening the scoring between PSG and OL that the capital club won 2-0. Les Lyonnais lacked the final touch and wasted chances at 0-0 and 0-1. And Hugo Lloris couldn't stop everything!
2 October 2010 is a special day. It was Week 8 of Ligue 1, and OL were coming off a 1-0 loss in the derby against Saint-Etienne... and had only five points in the standings. Toulalan and Co. travelled to Nancy and, thanks to a big slice of luck, they won. Yet they were leading 2-0 in the 55th minute thanks to goals to Lisandro and Briand. Struggling to defend set pieces, Nancy equalised from two free-kicks before Briand scored the winner and referee Mr. Ennjimi ignored strong penalty appeals from ASNL.