Benfica – OL : a duel with OL having the advantage
Benfica has been an opponent against whom OL have had plenty of success. Of the four previous encounters, Lyon have won three, their beautiful attacking football the key. The two clubs met for the first time nine years ago, almost to the day. On October 10, 2010, Jimmy Briand (21 ') and Lisandro Lopez (51') allowed the Red and Blues to win the match (2-0) by a clear margin. In the return fixture, the hosts played with more vigor, earning a win after a spectacular match (4-3). After being behind by four goals Les Gones almost recovered the lead by scoring three goals in the last half hour (Gourcuff (74 '), Gomis (85'), Lovren (90 + 5 ')). Despite a late game full of suspense, OL fell to defeat (4-3). It was a minor matter, though, since the club managed to come out of the group stage and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
A rehearsal before the Trophée des Champions
The two teams met two other times in their history, but in different settings. On 21 July 2016, ahead of the Trophée des Champions against Paris-Saint-Germain, OL faced Benfica in Lisbon for yet another rehearsal. In a friendly meeting of no consequence, the French and the Portuguese sides traded blows (3-2). Until the hour mark, the spectators were treated to a crazy game with five goals scored. In less than thirty minutes, OL scored three times, the first by Fékir (19 '), then Cornet (25') and Lacazette (28 ').
An international meeting
La dernière fois que les deux institutions se sont affrontées, la saison n’avait pas encore commencé. Lors de la préparation à l’exercice 2018-2019, l’OL dispute une rencontre de l’International Champions Cup face aux Lisboètes, le 1 août 2018. Ce jour-là, les Lyonnais mettent du temps à rentrer dans leur match. Marcelo libère enfin les siens à une tardive 40ème minute et voit son coéquipier Bertrand Traoré doubler la mise (45’) juste avant la mi-temps. Les protégés de Jean-Michel Aulas rentrent aux vestiaires avec deux longueurs d’avance. A l’heure de jeu, les Portugais reviennent au score en moins de cinq minutes, mais Martin Terrier vient enterrer les espoirs adverses en inscrivant le dernier but de la rencontre (2-3, 83’).
The last time the two teams clashed, the season had not yet started. In preparation for the 2018-2019 campaign, OL played an International Champions Cup match against the Lisbon side on August 1 2018. That day, Lyon were slow to get into the match. Marcelo finally scored in the 40th minute and saw his teammate Bertrand Traoré double the lead (45 ') just before half-time. The proteges of Jean-Michel Aulas returned to the locker room two goals to the good. On the hour, the Portuguese return to level the score in less than five minutes, but Martin Terrier buried the hopes of the opponents by scoring the last goal. (2-3, 83 ').