OL get season going with 2-0 win over Amiens
.AS IT HAPPENED
13’ Dubois finds himself one v one with the keeper as Gurtner makes the leg save.
18’ Mendoza gives it a go from distance, but it's no cause for alarm for Gorgelin.
21’ Perfect through ball from Memphis for Traoré, who is stuffed by Gurtner.
24’ Amazing acceleration inside the box from Traoré, beating Gurtner with a nutmeg to open the score. 1-0.
28’ Traoré fires to the near post, forcing the diving save from the keeper.
38’ Gorgelin punches away a dangerous free kick into the box to keep Amiens off the scoreboard
47’ Mariano hovers into the air with a powerful header that's over the bar.
68’ Cornette's close-range effort flashes just wide of Gorgelin's goal.
70’ Gnahoré also threatens for Amiens with an effort that's slightly off-target.
75’ Memphis finds the upper right corner with a beauty of a free kick at the edge of the box. 2-0
Sunday afternoon at Groupama Stadium - stifling hot weather, less-than-ideal pitch conditions, but an amazing atmosphere for OL’s first game of the L1 season against Amiens. The party started a few minutes before kickoff as team captain Nabil Fekir, alongside LFP President Nathalie Boy de La Tour, presented the Lyon crown the World Cup trophy he won with France over the summer. The atmosphere went up a notch further as Les Gones took the field and took early control of the proceedings, with newcomer Leo Dubois coming close to opening the score in the 13th minute. Bertrand Traoré also got a look before beating Gurtner the second time around with a nutmeg between the keepers’ legs (24’, 1-0).
Lyon were clearly the better of the two sides during the opening 45 minutes, but, following the trend of their preseason performances, lost intensity in the second half. In the blink of an eye, Amiens suddenly took the initiative, with Cornette grazing Gorgelin’s post (68’) and Gnahore sending an effort just wide of the mark. A pair of scares for the home side that forced head coach Bruno Genesio into making some adjustments. But before Terrier could enter the match to make his OL debut, Memphis put the matter to rest with a stunning free kick to the upper right corner (75’, 2-0). A true golazo and a big of relief for Les Gones, who put the game to bed in the final minutes and secured their first three points of the season.
With his side struggling to maintain a one-goal advantage, Memphis took matters into his own hands - or rather, his right foot. At the edge of the box, the Dutchman fired a perfect free kick into the upper right corner, nothing Gurtner could do to avoid Lyon’s second - and definitive goal of the match. Directly involved in 17 goals in his last nine league games (11 goals and six assists), Memphis has picked up where he left off at the end of last season.
. THE STAT .