Masculins / Season Review

March 2014

Published on 10 June 2014 at 10:00 AM
Grandstand finishes, pain, joy, injustice…the third month of 2014 had more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. On a sporting level, it was a real mixed bag, and the team certainly deserved better...

OL hadn't dropped any points at home since mid-December. Les Lyonnais put in all the ingredients to continue that run when they hosted Montpellier. They just didn't take their chances. They didn't get any closer to the top three. And they could have even been distanced further away to Bordeaux a few days later. Trailing 1-0 and powerless for 92 minutes, the players created a fantastic finish, turning the result on its head in just 120 seconds. Bedimo and Tolisso set off wild scenes of joy as the players celebrated a stunning 2-1 win at the Stade Chaban-Delmas. Like a dream…


And they didn't awake from the dream immediately. Les Lyonnais produced a magnificent performance in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against Plzen, winning 4-1. The team was in great form and harboured realistic hopes of knocking off high-flying Monaco. The referees put paid to that. OL, who matched their rivals in every department, lost 3-2…all three goals were offside. It was a costly reverse in the hunt for the European places.

The team found the going tough on the continent as well. While the advantage from the first leg suggested the trip to Plzen was a mere formality, Les Lyonnais had to fight tooth and nail to progress. Without an inspired Anthony Lopes, the European adventure would have ended then and there. But they would also suffer three days later in Brittany...


Miguel Lopes, Dabo and Bisevac were all injured. That was the price to pay for the win at Guingamp in which the team held on grimly for the final whistle and three precious points. Three points... the distance that separated OL from Saint-Etienne, the next side to visit the Stade de Gerland. The derby bore little resemblance the last at Geoffroy Guichard. Les Verts won 2-1 to extand their lead in the table. But what if the referee hadn't been, once again, so cruel to OL? It's hard to say. But this question would come back again... and again...


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