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OL - PSG : a predictable but very cruel end to the match ... (0-1)

Published on 23 September 2019 at 12:07 PM
OL - PSG : une fin de match prévisible mais bien cruelle ... (0-1)
OL lost at the very end of the match against Paris SG on Sunday at Groupama Stadium, closing the sixth matchday of Ligue 1 Conforama. Lyon, who spent the second half sitting deep, were undone by a bit of skill from Neymar Jr. Now seven points behind the Parisians and still stuck in mid-table, they have not won any of their last four matches.
KEY MOMENTS 

5'. Thiago Mendes tries his luck from a distance, but it goes over.
14'. Memphis shoots from the middle and fires a shot past the near post, off target.
21'. Lyon counter-attack that leads to a curling shot by Dembélé who can't be on goal.
22'. Exceptional save from Lopes, who repels an attempt by Neymar, unmarked at the penalty spot.
23'. Dembélé picks out Memphis at the edge of the area, who cuts inside to the left but pulls his shot wide.
41'. Superb reflex save from Lopes pushes a free kick from Neymar over the bar.
49'. Cross from Koné to Aouar at the far post, but his lobbed shot flies over.
59'. On a corner by Neymar, Diallo hits the bar with a header.
72'. Di Maria is picked out in the area but his left-footed shot flies wide.
88'. Found in the box, Neymar turns at the speed of lightning and beats Lopes with a shot across goal. 0-1.
90 + 3'. Koné shoots a powerful shot that flies a few inches from the post of Navas.


 MATCH SUMMARY

The big match between OL and PSG, ancticipated for several weeks, was held this Sunday at Groupama Stadium, closing the 6th matchday of Ligue 1. A clash between the current champion, current leader of Ligue 1, and its main rival, looking for a first win in several weeks seemed determined to delight the crowd on one of those magical evenings of the recent past against the capital side. For this enticing duel, Sylvinho decided to trade his 4-3-3 for an ambitious 3-5-2, in which Andersen and Aouar made their return. But against a Paris side deprived of Cavani, Icardi and Mbappé but reinforced by its superstar Neymar, who was playing for the very first time in Lyon, things did not go as planned.

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However, everything could have changed in the first period. Despite a rather dull start to the game, during which the two teams were tentative, the middle part of the first half was a period of madness where OL, like Paris, could have taken advantage (21 ', 22' and 23 '). But the lack of precision on the part of OL - failing to get a shot on target -  and strong play from Lopes on the night prevented the scoreboard from being changed before the break. Balanced until then, things became one-way traffic after the interval. The hosts decided to set up a low block and deliberately ceded possession to the visitors. It worked for a while, until the genius of the Brazilian, the most expensive player of all time, decided the fate of this meeting (88 ', 0-1). This defeat, the second for OL this season, leaves them mid-table and seven points behind their opponent, a gap which already seems unbridgeable...


. EXPERT ANALYSIS / BRYAN BERGOUGNOUX.

PSG deprived us of the ball. They trapped us deep in the last thirty meters and prevented us from building out from the back. We can offer a lot more  in games but, for now, we didn't show it. We can't relax and play without fear. The players seemed tired. Physically, we are affected. It was difficult to keep possession.

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MATCH DETAILS

At Groupama Stadium, Décines.

Ligue 1 Conforama (Matchday 6) : OL - PSG 0-1 (0-0).

Official: Ruddy Buquet. Attendance : 54 583.

 

Goal : Neymar Jr (88') for PSG.

Cautions : Y. Koné (76') for OL. A. Diallo (33') for PSG.

 

OL : A. Lopes - Marcelo G. (K. Tete, 73'), J. Andersen, J. Denayer © - L. Dubois, J. Reine-Adelaïde (L. Tousart, 72'), T. Mendes (B. Traoré, 89'), H. Aouar, Y. Koné - M. Dembélé, M. Depay. Manager : Sylvinho.

 

PSG :K. Navas - T. Meunier, T. Silva ©, A. Diallo, J. Bernat (P. Kimpembe, 73') - A. Herrera (M. Verratti, 73'), Marquinhos, I. Gueye - Á. Di Maria, E-M. Choupo-Moting, Neymar Jr (L. Kurzawa, 90+1'). Manager : Thomas Tuchel. 

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