Orange crush: OL dominate at the Velodrome!
As it happened
17'. An acrobatic save from Lopes keeps Ocampos off the scoreboard.
24'. Cornet pounces on a rebound, outmuscles Camara and beats Mandanda from close range. 0-1.
42'. Memphis shoots over the bar from a tight angle.
47'. Cornet's attempt at the far post is cleared off the line.
49'. OL's defense make a goal-line clearance of its own on a Balotelli header.
61'. Two great saves in quick succession from Lopes to deny Sakai and Ocampos
67'. Caleta-Car is shown a straight red for denying Terrier a clear scoring opportunity.
84'. Dembélé doubles Lyon's lead with a fantastic finish to the far post. 0-2.
86'. Cornet puts the game away on a breakaway goal in the final minutes. 0-3.
Even before Lyon stepped onto the Orange Velodrome pitch Sunday night, things were already going their way. Two days before their marquee matchup with Marseille, fourth-place Saint-Etienne failed to keep pace with Les Gones by losing 1-0 at home to Montpellier, allowing Bruno Genesio's men to extend the gap to four points in third place. And they took full advantage, opening the score just 24 minutes into it thanks to Cornet, who outmuscled Camara inside the box before beating Mandanda from close range to make it a 1-0 game.
But it was far from smooth sailing for the visitors as Marseille came back from the locker room break with clear intentions of leveling the score. Lyon, particularly Lopes and his partners in defense, weathered a rough storm until things finally began to turn their way when Caleta-Car was sent off. With a one-man advantage, Les Gones' one-goal lead would soon be doubled by second-half sub Moussa Dembele, who showed once again why he's the club's top scorer. The result was all but assured, but Cornet made sure to put the final nail in OM's coffin, while securing a brace and three massive points for Olympique Lyonnais.
When you sweep the season series against Marseille 💪🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/EdeUdeo4Jj— OL English (@OL_English) May 12, 2019
4. Bruno Genesio and company took a huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League on Sunday. Their massive win at the Vélodrome, just two days after Saint-Etienne's misstep, allowed OL to consolidate themselves in third place in the standings with a four-point advantage over ASSE, as well as a more favorable goal average, with only two games left to play. A third place that could lead to a direct spot in the Champions League in the event that Chelsea beat Arsenal in the upcoming Europa League final.
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Orange Vélodrome, Marseille.
L1 (MATCH DAY 36): Olympique Marseille - OL 0-3 (0-1)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet.
Goals: Cornet (24', 87'), Dembélé (84') for OL.
Bookings: Terrier (21') for OL. Balotelli (31'), Amavi (34') for OM.
OM: Mandanda (cap.) - Sakai, Caleta-Car, Kamara, Amavi - Strootman, Lopez, Luiz Gustavo - Radonjic (Thauvin, 46'), Balotelli (Payet, 78'), Ocampos (Germain, 71'). Coach: Rudy Garcia.
OL: Lopes - Dubois (Rafael, 82'), Marcelo, Morel, Mendy - Ndombele, Aouar - Cornet, Fekir (cap.) (Dembélé, 75'), Terrier (Tousart, 83') - Memphis. Coach: Bruno Genesio.