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Games, goals and saves... the best moments

Published on 02 June 2015 at 10:00 AM
It's never an easy choice and everyone has their own opinions, but some moments this season really stood out!


So let's start with the worst! The three losses in a row in the league, in Weeks 2, 3 and 4, along with the elimination from the Europa League play-offs. The derby defeat to St-Etienne… But how good were the runs of 10 and 11 matches without defeat in the league? There was the draw at the Parc, the narrow wins over Monaco and OM, the huge wins over MHSC and Bordeaux, the recital against TFC. And the huge derby at the Stade Gerland... What a match! And there were the other 90 minutes against PSG. All these games took OL from the relegation zone to the top of the table and, in the end, a second-place finish. OL often impressed with their attacking football, courtesy of a young team featuring so many players from the Academy. And then there was the festive atmosphere throughout the season at Gerland - another highlight of the campaign!


86 goals scored in 45 matches and only 5 games in which the team failed to hit the target. 24 goals were scored from set pieces, and one direct free-kick, from Clément Grenier vs ETG. Certain goals were crucial in the wash up... such as that superb Yoann Gourcuff goal vs OM, or Samuel Umtiti's strike at the Parc, Lacazette's the deflected cross against Reims… or Jallet's header in the Derby… Some goals came at the end of beautiful team play: Gourcuff vs OM… NJie vs PSG, ASSE… Fekir vs EAG, FCNA, MHSC, ASM… Lacazette's goal after the brilliant run from NJie vs Sporting Bastia, Reims, Mlada, or Nantes in the Coupe de France… Malbranque's goal vs FC Astra… And there was that Samuel Umtiti rocket vs Mlada… Lacazette's goals versus LOSC, or away to Nice and Bordeaux…


Anthony Lopes made scores of decisive, sometimes miraculous saves. There isn't enough time or space to pay tribute to them all, but in the league there was that save from Germain's header…denying Ibrahimovic at the Parc… from Ayew vs OM… against EAG… Monaco… against Cavani and Ibrahimovic against PSG at the Stade de Gerland… away to Lorient… the penalty stop vs Montpellier… from Gignac and Ocampos away to Marseille… against Reims…

In Europe he saved a penalty and the late heroics against Mlada and away to FC Astra in Roumania… In the Coupe de France in Amiens vs Lens… In the Coupe de la Ligue, the penalty save vs Monaco in the final seconds...

'Antho' was so often the hero and he even provided an assist for Fekir against Bordeaux in the famous 5-0.

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