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OL bounce back against Montpellier, move within striking distance of Lille

Published on 17 March 2019 at 4:37 PM
OL – Montpellier : retour en force dans la course à la 2ème place ! (3-2)
Sunday's 3-2 win helped Les Gones recover from their Champions League disappointment and close the gap on second-place Lille to four points.

. AS IT HAPPENED

12’. Terrier bangs in his own rebound to put Lyon ahead early. 1-0.
26’. Gorgelin makes a nice save to deny Delort.
28’. Aouar's ambitious attempt from the edge of the box goes just just wide.
36’. Mollet levels the score with a beautifully taken free kick. 1-1.
42’. Marçal exits the match early injured and is replaced by Dubois.
43’. Fantastic reflexes from Gorgelin to keep Mollet's goal-bound shot out.
54’. Ndombele fires a rocket that's stopped by Lecomte.
58’. Fantastic through ball from Ndombele for Dembélé, whose classy finish puts OL back ahead. 2-1.
71’. Traoré is fouled inside the box, but Fekir sends his penalty kick over the bar.
75’. Dubois' attempt forces a diving save from Lecomte.
86’. Aouar pokes in a header through the legs of Lecomte. 3-1.
90+2’. Camara pulls one back for Montpellier in stoppage time. 3-2.


  THE MATCH   

Olympique Lyonnais bounced back from their mid-week Champions League disappointment and headed into the international break on a high note with a 3-2 win Sunday at home over Montpellier. Despite making six changes and missing several key starters (Lopes, Mendy, Marcelo) due to injury and suspension, Les Gones got the result they need to get back on the winning track and - more importantly - closing the gap on second-place Lille to just four points. Martin Terrier got things off to a promising start with an early goal, but Montpellier weren't about to go away quietly, leveling the score shortly after on a beautiful free kick from Mollet.

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With the battle waging on in the second half, OL restored their lead on Moussa Dembélé's team-best 12th league goal of the season, after a fantastic through ball from Tanguy Ndombele. It was far from over, however, especially after the normally reliable Nabil Fekir skied his penalty kick over the bar. But Houssem Auour made sure to put everything in its right place by poking a header through the legs of Lecomte. This insurance goal would come in handy, as Camara pulled one back for the visitors in stoppage time. With Sunday's result, Lyon are back on track... and back within striking distance of Lille!

 

. THE STAT .

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Without the injured Anthony Lopes, OL relied on Mathieu Gorgelin between the pipes on Sunday. The 28-year-old made the most of this opportunity with a solid performance against Montpellier in his 19th professional match - his 11th in Ligue 1 Conforama. He also played his sixth official match this season, a record for anyone who has never made more than five appearances in a single season. .

 
 
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. BOX SCORE .

Groupama Stadium, Décines.

L1 (Match Day 29): OL – Montpellier HSC 3-2 (1-1)

Referee: Clément Turpin.

Goals: Terrier (12’), Dembélé (58’), Aouar (86’) for OL. Mollet (36’), Camara (90+2’) for MHSC.

Bookings: Delort (24’), Lasne (82’) for MHSC. Rafael (62’) for OL.

OL: Gorgelin – Rafael, Tete, Denayer, Marçal (Dubois, 42’) – Ndombele, Aouar – Traoré (Tousart, 84’), Fekir (cap.), Terrier (Cornet, 78’) – Dembélé. Coach: Bruno Genesio.

MHSC: Lecomte – Aguilar, Congré, Hilton (cap.), Cozza (Ristic, 78’), Oyongo – Skhiri (Piriz, 45'), Lasne (Camara, 87') – Laborde, Delort, Mollet. Coach: Michel Der Zakarian.

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