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Youth League : OL win against Benfica in a crazy finale (1-2)

Published on 23 October 2019 at 6:17 PM
Youth League : l'OL s'impose face au Benfica dans un final de folie (1-2)
The young Lyon players were facing their SL Benfica counterparts Wednesday afternoon, on the third matchday of the group stage of the UEFA Youth League, the last of the first leg. And the men of Eric Hély and Pierre Chavrondier went on to snatch another victory at the end of additional time, thanks to a double from Rayan Cherki (1-2).


9'. Cherki recovers the ball, breaks into the area and beats Biai with a nice bit of skill. 0-1.
18'. Coly is cautioned for a foul on an opponent. The free kick that follows is diverted behind for a corner.
19'. On the corner, Morato has an effort that goes above Margueron's goal.
21'. Gouveia is picked out at the far post, completely alone, but totally misses his header.
23'. Embaló breaks free and holds off Bard but his shot hits the side netting.
28'. Brito is cautioned for a foul at the edge of the area. Biai punches Cherki's free kick around the corner.
37'. Augarreau fouls Gouveia in the area. Dantas deceives Margueron with a shot across goal. 1-1.
40'. Camará shoots from the right and triggers a shot with his left, close to the corner.
45'. Bard crosses towards Coly at the near post, the ball passing close by.
45+1'. Dantas plays a lay-off for Camará, who opens his foot too much and is off-target.
51'. Following a corner that is slightly over-hit, the recovery of Brito requires Margueron make a fine save.
69'. Very nice movement between Barcola and Cherki but Biai blocks the shot of the latter.
73'. Bernardo breaks free in the middle and fires a shot pushed away by Margueron.
79'. Suffering from a shoulder injury after a big clash with Álvaro, Coly is forced off.
90+2'. Tiago Araújo goes back into the middle and tries his luck with his left foot but Margueron saves.
90+4'. On an final counter, Kalulu breaks free and picks out Cherki who has only to push the ball into the net. 1-2.





After two great successes against weaker opponents on paper, OL faced a team of quality. With six points, the French and Portuguese sides are tied and this meeting is an opportunity to take the lead over a direct rival. This match has the air of a final that must not be lost to go to the top of Group G.

On either side, players take the measure of the issue and put forth intensity. The ball is all over the pitch and passes between the feet of both teams in a lively start. Lyon press high, and on a bad pass at the back Rayan Cherki intercepts the ball and heads for goal, beats the goalkeeper and scores with a cheeky shot (0-1, 9 '). In a meeting that promises to be complicated, the trainees of Eric Hély and Pierre Chavrondier start in the best way.

Dominated in the game, OL eventually cede to the hosts' persistent attacks Lisbon. In the 36th minute, Sofiane Augarreau conceded a penalty for a foul on the opposition's number 11, Gouveia. Lucas Margueron chose correctly but lost his one-on-one and saw captain Tiago Dontas score his third goal in the competition.

Both teams return to the locker room on level terms (1-1). Les Gones hoped to get back in the game by scoring a goal quickly, but their play dropped in intensity immediately, leaving the ball to their hosts who logically leveled the score on a penalty. In a half dominated by Benfica, Jean-Michel Aulas's protégés would have to be more dangerous if they wanted to return to Décines with a victory.



The second period started at the same tempo as the first one. The ball moved quickly and the two clubs played the game. The midfield battles were raging and neither team really had the advantage over the other. Rayan Cherki could have unlocked the match on a nice combination with Bradley Barcola, but the goalkeeper made a fine save with his feet (69 ').


The best was yet to come, though. Lyon were warned by a ball that crashed off the crossbar of Lucas Margueron (90 + 2 '), but the answer was immediate. On a run of 30 meters, Pierre Kalulu beat the goalkeeper and set up Rayan Cherki who had only to push the ball into the net (1-2, 90 + 4 '). Despite a tense second half with the opponent dominating, Les Gones did not give up and took their chance to win. The players of Olympique Lyonnais leave with 3 points and take the lead over their direct competitors. In a crazy end of the game with chances from both sides, OL took the perfect shot.





Eric Hély : "The first period was very difficult for us. We were struggling defensively and we could not develop our game collectively. Benfica dominated but we had the chance to open the scoring quickly. This victory is still pleasing because it is the victory of a whole group. The players who came into the match contributed to it and that's good for us. To say that one is almost qualified is to get a little ahead of oneself. There are still some things to be done. "


Rayan Cherki : "We came here to win and that's what we did. It is essential. We knew how to stay patient, we defended the necessary amount time, until the last minute when we managed to remain ready to score. On a personal level, it's going very well. I come down from the professional group and I had to show everyone that I did not come here to have a laugh. That's how it's done. It's all in your head. I was coming down for a good reason and I wanted to answer the call. The most important thing was the team's victory. "



At Caixa Futebol Campus, Seixal.

UEFA Youth League (J3 - Grp. G) : SL Benfica - OL 1-2 (1-1).

Official: Alan Mario Sant (MLT).


Goals : T. Dantas (37' pen) for SL Benfica. R. Cherki (9' and 90+4') for OL.

Cautions : R. Brito (28'), R. Camará (34'), U. Embaló (43') and T. Dantas (75') for SL Benfica. E.H. Coly (18'), S. Augarreau (36') and N. Benaïssa (83') for OL.

Dismissals : none.


SL Benfica : C. Biai - J. Ferreira, P. Álvaro, F. Morato, R. Rodrigues (H. Jocu, 87') - T. Dantas ©, R. Brito, R. Camará (H.P. Araújo, 63') - T. Gouveia (Ti. Araújo, 81'), G. Ramos (P. Bernardo, 63'), U. Embaló (J. Tavares, 81'). 

Manager : Jorge Maciel.


OL : L. Margueron - A. Minolien (A. Pontet, 46'), P. Kalulu ©, S. Diomandé, M. Bard - S. Augarreau, T. Thomas - E.H. Coly (N. Benaïssa, 79'), R. Cherki, Y. Soumaré (D. Dib, 90+1') - B. Barcola (E. Wissa, 70'). 

ManagersEric Hély and Pierre Chavrondier.




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