Masculins / OL - ASSE


Published on 30 March 2014 at 11:11 PM
Les Verts emerged victorious in a fiercely contested derby that could have gone either way... A shame that the referee ignored a clear penalty for OL that would have changed the game... Not a good result...

 Three points separated the two sides ahead of the 108th derby with Les Verts three points ahead of OL and in the final automatic qualifying spot for Europe next season. There was plenty at stake. Les Olympiens were without a number of regulars in Miguel Lopes, Umtiti, Bisevac, Grenier, Fofana and Dabo all missing through injury while Benzia was sidelined through suspension. Les Stéphanois were without the services of Romain Hamouma and Corgnet. Despite their absences, OL stuck to their usual formation while ASSE switched to a 3-5-2 formation.

The match started in a very tactical and reserves manner with neither side taking too many risks early. Lacazette launched the first raids down the left flank. Slowly the intensity rose. The first shot of the match came from Lyon as Lacazette fired wide. OL took control of the game as it developed into a classic derby, with Lyon on the front foot and Les Verts digging in. Lopes then produced the first save of the match, spectacularly denying Clerc… And he then saved from Brandao and Erding (26'). Les Verts were dangerous on the counterattack and were rewarded when Erding turned home Brandao's header from a Trémoulinas cross. Four shots from Saint-Etienne in the first half hour, all dangerous, and all on target.

  Les Verts had control and played their game at their pace. Solid, efficient in front of goal and well-organised. But Lyon responded with a stunning equaliser. Gomis combined power, skill and vision to set up Lacazette for a breathtaking left-foot volley. A wonderful goal! It capped off a brilliant, intense opening 45 minutes in which both sides exchanged blows in an electric derby atmosphere.

Gourcuff was replaced at half time with an ankle injury by Briand which saw Lacazette drop a notch. OL controlled possession with Malbranque Ferri and Mvuemba running midfield. Les Verts stayed in it though with the excellent Trémoulinas involved in all their best moves down the left flank. Bedimo went on a winding run into the area (56'). The home side were then denied a clear penalty by the referee (62')! Les Verts were struggling to maintain the rhythm…

It was difficult to pick a winner... Brandao continued to work hard up front for Les Verts who went ahead when Cohade's dangerous cross was palmed out by Lopes into the path of Gradel (74') who had replaced Erding. OL threw everything into the final battle and enjoyed a series of corners... they weren't helped by the referee... Ferri and Gomis were denied by Ruffier and his defenders. The Green wall cracked, but did not give way...

OL were not rewarded for a desperate finish, despite a good appearance off the bench from Danic. OL lose ground on their rivals in the race for Europe...


Team sheet

In Lyon, Stade de Gerland, 36,822 spectators; Referee: M. Buquet. OL 1-2 ASSE (H-T: OL 1-1 ASSE)

OL: A. Lopes – Tolisso, B. Koné, Gonalons (cap), Bedimo – Ferri, Malbranque (Danic 77'), Mvuemba, Gourcuff (Briand 46') – Gomis, Lacazette (N’Jie 88'). Coach: Garde.

ASSE: Ruffier – Clerc, Bayal, Zouma, Perrin (cap), Trémoulinas – Guilavogui, Lemoine, Cohade (Diomandé 88')– Erding (Gradel 67'), Brandao. Coach: Galtier.

Goals: Erding (ASSE) 28', Lacazette (OL) 38', Gradel (ASSE) 74'

Bookings: Trémoulinas (ASSE) 11', Cohade (ASSE) 39', Mvuemba (OL) 45', Brandao (ASSE) 69'.


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