OL start 2019 off strong with Coupe de France win over Bourges
. AS IT HAPPENED .
5’. Dembele almost opens the score with a close-range shot that's swiped away by the keeper.
23'. Terrier gets a good look and fires just wide of the near post.
31’. Fantastic ball control from Dembele, whose shot barely misses the frame
35’. Dembele can't take advantage of a defensive gift and shoots off target.
41’. Lopes and the crossbar prevent Bourges from taking the lead.
47’. Dubois is denied from close range by Mokando in goal.
48’. Dembele breaks free on the right side and sends his effort wide with only the keeper to beat.
59’. Terrier cooly finishes to the far post and puts OL ahead. 0-1.
62’. Marçal deflects a goal-bound shot and then Lopes makes a huge save after the subsequent corner.
77’. Mendy slams it home after Dembele's shot hits off the crossbar. 0-2.
. THE MATCH.
As is customary, OL's calendar year began in the Coupe de France Round of 64 - this time with a visit to National 3 side Bourges Foot on Saturday night. Despite the absence of Nabil Fekir, Memphis (suspended), and Maxwel Cornet, among several key players, Lyon were clearly the better of the two sides from the opening whistle on, even with Maxence Caqueret and Oumar Solet respectively making just their first and second professional starts. Even so, the visitors failed to reflect their dominance on the scoreboard - specifically Moussa Dembele, whose finishing in the final third left much to be desired. It must be said, however, that Bourges created the best chance of the first half: a smashing header shortly before the break that would've gone in if not for the crossbar.
Not much changed in the second half, including Dembele's wasteful ways in front of goal. Finally, his partner up front, Martin Terrier, broke the ice in the 59th minute with a cool, low finish to the far corner. OL would needed some brilliant defending from Marçal and Lopes - not to mention a little bit of luck - to keep Bourges from equalizing before Mendy put the game away in the 77th minute. With Saturday's result, Les Gones advanced to the Round of 32 and got 2019 off to a winning start!
. THE STAT .