OL end preseason on positive note
. AS IT HAPPENED
5’. Mariano comes close with a header off a corner kick that's over the bar.
7’. Mendy fires wide from just outside the box
26’. Bulka stops a curling shot from Memphis with a diving save.
32’. Tousart whips a volley that's barely off-target.
35’. Memphis leaves Aouar with just the keeper to beat, but the shot is wide of the frame.
45’. Lopes makes a diving save on Willian's goal-bound free kick
55’. The post saves Lopes after he's beaten by Loftus-Cheek.
57’. Traoré gets a good look, only to shoot just wide.
63’. Lopes charges off his line to smother Kante's attempted shot.
90’. End of regulation
Penalties: Chelsea win 5-4 on penalty kicks
OL finished their preseason campaign Tuesday night in London against Chelsea. A final test before the "real" games begin on Sunday in Match Day 1 of Ligue 1 Conforama against Amiens. For this final tune-up, Bruno Genesio played his projected starters in a 4-3-3 formation, with Mariano leading the attack, accompanied by Memphis and Bertrand Traoré, Dubois on the right flank, and Lopes - who's suspended for the season's opening matches and will be replaced by Gorgelin - in goal. OL started well, creating several situations (5 ', 7', 26 ', 32' and 35') but lacking the finishing touch. Meanwhile, their only true defensive scare of the first half came in the form of a Willian free kick just before the break (45 ').
Chelsea looked the better of the two sides in the early stages of the second half, with Lyon showing tired legs and getting fewer looks at goal. Loftus-Cheek hit the post (55') for the home side and his teammates tested Lopes, who was up to the challenge and kept the ball out of his net (56' and 63 '). Between fatigue and the numerous substitutions made by both teams, the rhythm of the match noticeably fell in the waning moments, which led to a penalty shootout that the Blues won by a 5-4 score. Despite the result, the overall balance of OL's preseason is extremely positive. By putting in good performances against strong opposition, Lyon have reason to be excited for the upcoming campaign.
Stamford Bridge, London.
Penalty takers: Jorginho (√), Barkley (√), Marcos Alonso (√), Azpilicueta (√) et Hazard (√) pour Chelsea. Ferri (√), Marcelo (√), Gouiri (√), Tete (√) et Diop (X) pour l'OL.