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OL bow out of Coupe de la Ligue in disappointing fashion

Published on 08 January 2019 at 9:20 PM
OL – Strasbourg (CDL) : Une énorme désillusion à deux marches d’une finale (1-2)
Despite dominating possession and creating the bulk of chances - including three shots that hit the post - Les Gones fell 2-1 to Strasbourg in Tuesday night's quarterfinal at Groupama Stadium.


2’. Marçal gives early notice with a shot right at Kamara.
Marçal goes for goal again from long range with an effort that sails over the bar.
Tete fouls Martin inside the box, and Ajorque converts the penalty to give Strasbourg the lead. 0-1.
Terrier strikes the far post from distance.
45’. Once again the post saves Strasbourg, this time denying Memphis.
Fekir wastes a chance to equalize by sending his penalty shot over the bar.
Second-half sub Traoré evens the score with a classy finish after a nice play by Memphis. 1-1.
Koné puts Strasbourg back in front with an unstoppable header. 1-2.
The visitors threaten with a dangerous counter that Thomasson can't finish off.
74’. Fekir's free kick goes off the post.
 Dembele freezes Kamara with a header that goes just wide.
Kamara dives to his right to keep Fekir's shot out of the back of the net.


Three days after getting the job done in the Coupe de France against Bourges, OL were tasked with a much more difficult challenge in the Coupe de la Ligue quarterfinal against fellow Ligue 1 Conforama side Strasbourg, who pulled off a 2-1 upset victory Tuesday night at Groupama Staidum to advance to the semifinal. Clear favorites in the lead-up to their first home match of 2019, Les Gones dominated possession and spent the bulk of the first half in their opponent's side of the pitch, but were lacking in the final touch. On defense, one mistake in the 26th minute from Kenny Tete, who fouled Martin inside the box, allowed Ajorque to give the visitors the lead from the penalty spot. Down but not out, Bruno Genesio's men came close to equalizing three times before the break, but the post denied Terrier and Memphis, while Fekir sent his penalty kick into the seats in stoppage time.



Genesio went to his bench at halftime, brining in Traoré for Mendy. It only took four minutes for the Burkinabé striker to make an impact with a fantastic finish inside the box that leveled the score. OL's joy was short-lived, however, as Strasbourg re-took the lead just three minutes later (52', 1-2) on a Koné header. Lyon pushed in search of an equalizer, but the post once again came to the aid of Kamara in goal - this time stopping a Fekir free kick that beat the keeper. Time eventually ran out for Les Gones, who bow out of a competition for the first time this season in disappointing fashion.




While excuses do no good, the fact remains that Lyon struck the post no less than three times in Tuesday's night's loss. First, Martin Terrier's effort from distance hit the base of the far post in the 43rd minute. Just two minutes later, the woodwork denied Memphis. After Bertrand Traore's short-lived equalizer in the second half, the post once again came to the rescue of Strasbourg, this time preventing a Nabil Free kick from going in. It was just one of those nights...  



Groupama Stadium, Décines.

CDL (Quarterfinal) : OL – Racing Club de Strasbourg 2-1 (0-1)

Referee: Clément Turpin. Attendance: 31,700

Goals: Ajorque (26’), Koné (52’) for Strasbourg. Traoré (49’) for OL.

Bookings: Caci (39’), Thomasson (74’) for Strasbourg.

OL: Gorgelin – Denayer, Marcelo, Marçal – Tete, Cheikh (Ndombele, 71’), Aouar, Mendy (Traoré, 46’) – Fekir (cap.) – Memphis (Dembele, 71’), Terrier. Coach: Bruno Genesio.

Strasbourg: Kamara – Lala (Lienard, 16’), Koné, Mitrovic (cap.), Martinez, Caci – Sissoko (Gonçalves, 87’), Martin, Fofana, Thomasson – Ajorque (Zohi, 78’). Coach: Thierry Laurey.



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