OL - Nantes : The poor run continues (0-1)
. KEY MOMENTS .
11 ': Big save from Lopes on a deflected ball.
18 ': Dembélé strikes from a corner; saved by Lafont.
25 ': Traoré' shoots from close range but the ball is blocked.
35 ': After a lovely bit of team play at a corner, Lafont makes a huge save from a header by Aouar.
37 ': Picked out on a good long pass, Memphis goes to challenge Lafont, who wins the duel.
45 + 1 ': Lafont makes a big save from the feet of Traoré.
61 ': Goal by Moutoussamy who beats Marçal and sees his ball lob Lopes. 0-1
63 ': Double save from Lafont from Terrier and Dembélé.
80 ': Long shot from Memphis but the goalkeeper is again there.
86 ': Bamba misses, grazing the post.
. MATCH SUMMARY .
After a draw in Brest, where Lyon hadn't shown the expected level of determinations, OL returned home to Groupama Stadium to face FC Nantes. Authors of a very good start of the season, Les Canaris came to Décines with great ambitions and hoping to stop a very run series of 23 years without victory in Lyon.
After various tactical experiments, Sylvinho returned to his favorite system, the 4-3-3. But it was Nantes who started best in this match. In the eleventh minute, Anthony Lopes was already called into action on a deflected ball that was spinning towards the bottom of the net. The pressing of Nantes allowed them to recover the ball high up the pitch, while Lyon's build-up play was poor. After fifteen minutes of play, the match became more balanced, but it was far from being action-packed.
Throughout the first half hour, opportunities were scarce in a period punctuated by badly-taken shots from both teams. However, as time passed, Sylvinho's players gained focus. Houssem Aouar, then Memphis, forced Lafont into action. The hosts tried again and again, but the goalkeeper stood strong. Both sides returned to the locker room with the match scoreless. The beginning was difficult, but Les Gones raised their heads, forcing Lafont to be decisive. The end of the first period suggested good things to come.
Well encouraged by their supporters, the proteges of Jean-Michel Aulas came back with renewed commitment, but were quickly undone. Latching onto a long ball on the right side, Moutoussamy turned to the goal and held off Fernando Marçal. The Brazilian saw his clearance deflected and beat Anthony Lopes (61 '). Jason Denayer's teammates are now chasing the game and had to be more decisive if they wanted to win today. Christian Gourcouff's players sat deep to hold the lead, an area where they excel, with only five goals conceded since the start of the season.
The flow of the match thus became clear, as a defense-attack dynamic, and Nantes played for its chance on the counter. In the 86th minute, it might have paid off, but Anthony Lopes was happy to see Bamba's ball just graze his post. The end of the match did not really look like the one that was hoped for. In the end, Lyon tried, and had many chances, but Lafont proved unbeatable. OL continues its poor run and must absolutely raise its level of play in the Champions League to continue in that competition.
EXPER ANALYSIS / ARNAUD RIVENET.
It took a lot of time to get into the game. Nantes dominated the first 25 minutes. We weren't getting pressing work out of our attackers. They could easily get the ball clear with one or two touches. We started to gain the upper hand at the end of the first half with good chances. Now, there was a big performance from Alban Lafont today. We must find areas for improvement and work on it.
At Groupama Stadium, Décines.
L1 (J8) : OL - FC Nantes 0-0 (0-1).
Official: Benoît Millot. Attendance : 46 647.
Goals : Moutoussamy (61') for Nantes.
Cautions : Marcelo (10'), Dubois (55') for OL and Appiah (13'), Pallois (64') for Nantes
OL : Lopes - Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer (cap.) (Jean Lucas, 85'), Marçal - Reine-Adelaïde (Terrier, 61'), Thiago Mendes, Aouar - Traoré (Cornet, 45'), Dembélé, Memphis. Manager : Sylvinho.
FC Nantes : Lafont - Appiah, Girotto, Palois, Fabio - Touré, Abeid - Moutoussamy (Blas, 81'), Benavente (Louza, 68'), Simon (Bamba, 75') - Koulibaly. Manager : Christian Gourcuff