OL get back on track by beating Strasbourg
.AS IT HAPPENED.
7’. Traoré's shot is handled by Sels in Strasbourg's goal.
9’. Mendy puts Sels to work with a long-range effort.
16’. Memphis attempts a free kick from over 20 yards out - no problem for the keeper.
21’. Tousart's volley is swatted away by Sels
28’. Anthony Lopes shows off his reflexes to deny Carole.
42’. Assisted by Mendy, Terrier opens the scores with a lovely finish to the far post. 1-0.
51’. Traoré forces the uncomfortable save from Sels.
52’. With only the keeper to beat, Tousart flashes his effort wide of the frame.
64’. Memphis with a perfect set-up for Traoré, who rounds Sels and puts the game away. 2-0.
Last year, OL easily defeated the recently-promoted Strasbourg by a 4-0 scoreline thanks to a pair of braces from Mariano Diaz and Nabil Fekir. Fast-forward to Friday night at Groupama Stadium, in Match Day 3 of the 2018-19 L1 season, and both stars from that game were on the bench as Lyon looked to get back on the winning track after last week's 1-0 loss at Reims. Early attempts from Bertrand Traore (7') and Memphis (16'), and an active Ferland Mendy in attack, showed the home side's offensive intentions from the get-go.
OL would finally strike just before halftime thanks to Martin Terrier, who haunted his former team with the "law of the ex" by opening the score with a magnificent finish to the far post (42 ', 1-0). While never truly in danger of losing their lead, Les Gones got a much-needed second goal in the second half with a brilliant play that started in their own corner flag and ended with a perfect pass from Memphis for Traoré, who rounded the keeper and put the game away (64 ', 2-0). With all three points secured, OL could enjoy the rest of the match and hand over the spotlight to World Cup champion Nabil Fekir, with the returning captain earning a huge ovation from the Groupama Stadium crowed as he made his 2018-19 debut in the 79th minute.
.THE MOMENT .
Terrier punishes his former club
In his first start for OL, Martin Terrier helped secure the win for Les Gones while delivering a massive blow to his former team. With the game scoreless just three minutes before halftime and Strasbourg arguably the better of the two teams on the pitch, the 21-year-old striker took a Ferland Mendy and slotted it into the back of the net with a lovely right-footed finish to the far post. A crucial goal at a crucial moment for Lyon - and one that Terrier will surely always remember.
.THE STAT .