Angers spoil the party...
Juninho took his seat in the Northern stand… 'Nanard' gave the fictive kick-off… a number of former stars were present on the pitch just before kick-off. Lacazette opened the hostilities with a header, saved by Butelle. Angers looked well organised... Morel was strong in central defence for the home side... And SCO Angers opened the scoring from a N’Doye header from Mangani's free-kick! OL tried to breakdown the opposition defence with long passages of passing. Mangani, injured, was replaced by Auriac. Valbuena was looking lively... N’Doye sent another header flashing just wide of goal number two! Lopes saved from Sunu... SCO Angers sat deep, happy to hit on the counter attack. OL struggled in the first half against a perfectly disciplined opponent. But it was still OL that had the last chance in the first half with a cross that no-one could get on the end of... OL needed to find solutions against this excellent promoted side...
Cornet replaced Mvuemba at the start of the second half. OL switched 4-4-3. Malbranque charged forward but couldn't hit the target and worry Butelle. OL looked to put a little more urgency in their game. Valbuena smacked a shot against the crossbar after a good team move... OL lifted the intensity further... Angers SCO defended strongly. Grenier came on for Tousart. Lacazette fired just wide after a goal-mouth scramble. Darder was introduced at the expense of Malbranque. OL dominated. Lacazette fought hard for a shooting position but couldn't hit the target. Grenier's free-kick was blocked. Angers were hanging on... Lacazette was dragged back in the area... No penalty. Moutou was causing all sorts of problems on the counter. And N’Doye scored with another header from a corner! The first corner of the match... Angers were just too solid for OL tonight...
Another home defeat that plunges OL further into the doubt... A very worrying situation indeed... even if OL were seriously handicapped by a number of absentees...
Stade de Gerland, Lyon. 36,000 spectators; Referee: Mr Lionel Jaffredo. OL 0-0 SCO Angers (H-T: 0-1).
OL: Lopes – Tolisso, B. Koné, Morel, Bedimo – Tousart (Grenier 60'), Ferri, Mvuemba (Cornet 46'), Mabranque (Darder 62') – Valbuena, Lacazette (c). Coach: Fournier.
SCO Angers: Butelle – Angoula, I. Traoré, Thomas, Andreu – Saïss, N’Doye (c), Mangani (Aurias 33') – Sunu (Capelle 74'), Moutou, A. Camara (Kethéko 49'). Coach: Moulin.
Goals: N’Doye 17', 80'
Bookings: Saiss (A) 29', Tolisso (L) 31', Darder (L) 82'