Anthony Lopes made his 200th Ligue 1 appearance for Olympique Lyonnais in Friday night's 1-1 draw with Reims - the latest milestone in the 28-year-old keeper's career that began during the 2012-13 season and continues to this day. To celebrate the occasion, we look back at some of his most important moments with Les Gones.
OL – ASSE 1-1, April 28, 2013
As if making his Ligue 1 debut wasn't enough of a big occasion, Lopes did it in the derby against arch rival Saint-Etienne, making a memorable stop against Aubameyang before conceding a header to Kurt Zouma. OL managed to level the score and salvage a draw.
"There was a particular pressure. I found out that I was going to play after yesterday's training. Remy (Vercoutre) made me comfortable. I also wanted to give a good performance for him. I'm not one to put too much pressure on myself. I hadn't planned on starting my career like this. Everyone made me comfortable. I also want to thank the fans. My first stop on Aubameyang gave me confidence ... I hope to do things right for the future."
OL – Caen 4-1, February 14, 2016
For his centennial appearance, the Portuguese international faced Vercoutre in the opposite goal, and OL's former number one keeper had a game to forget, conceding four goals at the hands of his ex-club. Lopes, meanwhile, made two remarkable saves, including a goal-bound free kick by Andy Delort.
"We had a good game even if we could've done better after the break... The goal conceded? We wanted a clean shit ... My 100th game in L1? It was special and I thank the fans, my teammates, the staff."
OL – Reims, January 11, 2019Despite feeling under the weather in the days leading up to his 200th appearance, Lopes showed that he remains as indispensable as ever by making a brilliant 1v1 save on Ojo to help Lyon preserve a 1-1 draw with Reims. While three points were the main objective, Les Gones would've ended up empty-ended if not for their keeper.
"I was told this morning that I would be playing my 200th game. It's nice. I thank the virage Nord for the banner. I'll stay on my merry way and we'll see what the future holds. I have had a clear evolution since my beginnings, especially in the mental and personal aspect. I have often been criticized for this... It was necessary to find the middle ground to become the man that I am today... I'll need to play more seasons in order to catch Yves Chauveau and Grégory Coupet. That's the goal, you have to be consistent."