OL Women top Avaldsnes in Champions League opener
AS IT HAPPENED.
16'. Renard's header goes off the crossbar.
18'. Renard has a goal disallowed for an offside call
27'. Johansen makes two fantastic saves to deny Le Sommer and Mbock.
50'. Henry opens the score by heading home Bacha's corner kick. 0-1.
72'. Johansen brilliant in goal to keep the home side in the game
77'. Majri puts away a pass from Le Sommer to seal the win. 0-2.
90+4'. Le Sommer denied by Johansen in stoppage time.
Reynald Pedros left nothing to chance for OL’s Women’s Champions League debut. Despite the team’s packed schedule, the head coach used his “A” squad Wednesday as Lyon pulled out a 2-0 win over Avaldsnes in the Round of 32 away leg. As expected, the three-time defending champs dominating from the opening whistle against a defensive opponent. But, between the crossbar (which stopped Renard’s header from going in) and Johansen in goal, the home side weathered the OL onslaught in the first half.
This resistance could only last so much, and the visitors finally opened the score five minutes after the break thanks to Henry. It was far from a laugher, however, as Lyon were only able to add a second insurance goal through Majri with a little less than a quarter of an hour to play. While far from the offensive display that OL are capable of producing, a positive result ahead of the September 27 return leg at the Groupama OL Training Center.
UWCL (Round of 32, away leg :Avaldsnes IL -OL Women 0-2 (0-0)
Referee: Marta Frias Acedo (ESP).
Goals: Henry (50'), Majri (77') for OL.
Avaldsnes: Johansen - Utvik, Rosa, Waldus (cap.), Stefanovic, Dahl - Duda (Fields, 90'), Cho, Luana, Josendal (Abrahamsen, 74') - Enganamouit (Tvedten, 67'). Coach: Endre Eide.
OL Féminin: Bouhaddi - Bronze, Mbock, Renard (cap.), Bacha - van de Sanden (Cascarino, 75'), Henry, Kumagai (Christiansen, 68'), Majri (Laurent, 80') - Le Sommer, Hegerberg. Coach: Reynald Pedros.