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OL let win slip away at Strasbourg

Published on 09 March 2019 at 4:53 PM
Strasbourg – OL : l’OL laisse filer une victoire qui lui tendait les bras avant Barcelone (2-2)
Lyon wasted Mousse Dembélé's brace before settling for a 2-2 draw Saturday evening at the Stade de la Meinau just days ahead of their crucial Champions League quarterfinal decider against Barcelona.


3’: Dembélé gives Lyon the early lead. 0-1.
15’: Marcelo leaves the game with a hamstring injury.
19’: Cheikh's half-volley is kept out by a diving save from Sels.
41’. Sels makes an acrobatic save to deny Cornet.
51’. Dembélé converts the penalty kick after Aouar is fouled inside the box. 0-2.
56’. Terrier shoots just wide after a nice run down the left side.
69’. Ajorque deflects Thomasson's header into the net. 1-2.
70’. Ajorque nets his second goal in as many minutes to level the score. 2-2.


OL let two valuable points slip away and raised some concerns ahead of next week's crucial Barcelona clash by conceding a 2-2 draw at Strasbourg after blowing a two-goal lead. 

Even with several starters - among them captain Nabil Fekir and Memphis - on the bench during Saturday's visit to the Stade de la Meinau, Les Gones came out firing on all cylinders. In fact, Moussa Dembélé give the visitors the inside of three minutes after keeper Matz Sels left a rebound on Martin Terrier's initial shot. It was Lyon's quickest goal of the season. It wasn't all good news, however, as Marcelo's evening came to an unexpected end after pulling his left hamstring. But injuries and all, OL were by far the better team, creating additional chances through Pape Cheikh (19’) and  Dembélé (27’, 32’). 




Just like the first half, Lyon came out strong following the halftime break, with Houssem Aouar earning a penalty after nutmegging his defender inside the box. Dembélé (52’, 0-2) converted from the spot to double the lead and net his second straight brace. OL seemed to have everything under control, but Strasbourg woke at at the right time and took advantage of the opposition's apparent overconfidence. Specifically Ludovic Ajorque, who deflected Thomasson's (69’, 1-2) header into the back of the net and seconds later evened the score by firing past Anthony Lopes from close range (70', 2-2). Frustrating, to say the least.  




With Saturday's brace against Strasbourg, Moussa Dembele reached 11 goals in the league this season. He first poached a goal off a poor finish from Maxwel Cornet and then cooly converted from the spot to firmly establish himself as OL's top scorer in the current Ligue 1 Conforama campaign. 



Stade de la Meinau de Strasbourg.

L1 (Match Day 28) : RC Strasbourg Alsace – OL 2-2 (0-1).

Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry.

Goals: Dembélé (3’ and 51’) for OL. Ajorque (69’ and 70’) for Strasbourg.

Bookings: Cornet (8’) and Tousart (90’) for OL. Martinez (80’) for Strasbourg.

RC Strasbourg Alsace: Sels – Lala, Koné, Mitrovic (cap.), Martinez, Caci – Thomasson (88’, Gonçalves), Prcic, Fofana – Da Costa (61’, Mothiba), Ajorque (72’, Zohi). Coach: Thierry Laurey.

OL: Lopes – Tete, Marcelo (cap.) (17’, Dubois), Denayer, Mendy – Cheikh (76’, Fekir), Tousart, Aouar – Cornet (83’, Traoré), Dembélé, Terrier. Coach: Bruno Genesio.  



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