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OL - SL Benfica (YL) : Lyon bow a little bit (2-3)

Published on 05 November 2019 at 3:58 PM
OL - SL Benfica (YL) : les Lyonnais s'inclinent d'un rien (2-3)
The Lyon youth side suffered their first UEFA Youth League loss to SL Benfica (2-3) on Tuesday afternoon at the start of the return phase in Group G.


5'. First chance in favor of Benfica with a goal denied to Ramos for offside.
10'. Margueron is alert to Gouveia's attempt at the edge of the area
12'. Clearance by Diomandé after a dangerous ball lost by OL in their half.
19'. On a corner by Da Silva, Kalulu rises higher than everyone but his header goes over.
20'. Bernardo breaks into the area but Margueron makes a beautiful parry and tips it behind for a corner.
21'. On the corner, Morato goes on the verge of opening the scoring after a scramble.
21'. Played into space, Gouiri fails to beat Biai, who comes off his line.
29'. Picked out at full speed in the back of the defense, Embaló beats Margueron with a flat footed shot. 0-1.
32' Good work by Kalulu on the left of the area but his cross is poorly met by Da Silva.
35'. Exceptional again by Margueron, who pushes it behind for a corner from Camará.
35'. Despite yet another save by Margueron, the ball  falls to Morato who scores with a powerful shot. 0-2.
41'. Soumaré remains on the ground after a contact and is forced to make way for Coly.
. Thomas recovers and serves Dib who unleashes a superb shot into the top corner. 1-2.
60'. Margueron saves on a shot from close range by Gouveia.
65'. Found on the left, Gouiri breaks into the area but can't get a shot on target.
79'. Tiago Araujó gets a long ball and fires a shot that skims the upright.
. OL lose the ball to the benefit of Gouveia, who scores with the help of the post. 1-3.
. Wissa reduces the margin with of a cross shot between Biai's legs. 2-3.



After a success won at the last minute in the first leg, OL welcomed a Benfica side bent on revenge. At the top of group G, Lyon had the opportunity to qualify with a victory today. But the match started badly for the Rhodaniens. The visitors put their foot on the ball and quickly scored a goal, eventually denied for an offside. However, this canceled opening score gave them a non-negligible advantage: confidence. With a very high block, the Lisbon side took the lead through Umaro Embaló, picked out with a long ball, the attacker winning his one-on-one with Lucas Margueron by slotting the ball into the left corner (0-1 , 29 ').

After the exit of their scorer, injured on the action of the goal, the Portuguese doubled the lead following on a succession of shots, in the heart of the area, following a corner (0-2, 35 '). At the interval, Les Gones are behind two goals to zero and must level play technically to have hope of coming back into the match. Faced with the height of the opposing block, OL have ab obligation to be more precise in their attacking transitions in the second half.


With a 4-1-4-1 system that did not bear fruit in the first half, Eric Hely's formation returned from the intervalin a 4-4-2 setup, something which immediately bore fruit. On a beautiful intervention by Titouan Thomas at forty meters from goal, Djibrail Dib takes the ball and, at the edge of the area, fires the ball into the top corner (1-2, 57'). After a first half of one-way traffic in favor of Benfica, the match is balanced and we see an Olympique Lyonnais firing on all cylinders. That will not be enough, however and Benfica even manage to score a third goal thanks to Gouveia, who dribbles past Margueron and hooks his shot into the net (1-3, 84 '). An immediate response comes from Eli Wissa, who slips the ball between the legs of the goalkeeper (2-3, 86 '), but it's not enough to return things to being level.

Despite a beautiful face second half, OL are beaten (2-3) on their own pitch and now lead second place in Group G on goal difference.




At Groupama OL Training Center, Décines.

UEFA Youth League (J4 - Grp. G) : OL - SL Benfica 2-3 (0-2).

Official: Jens Maae (DAN). Attendance : 633.


Goals : D. Dib (57') and E. Wissa (87') for OL. U. Embaló (29'), Morato (35') and Gouveia (84') for SL Benfica.

Bookings : A. Pontet (49')  for OL. P. Álvaro (53'), R. Brito (66'), G. Ramos (77') and J. Ferreira (89') for SL Benfica.

Dismissals : none.


OL : L. Margueron - A. Minolien, A. Pontet, S. Diomandé, P. Kalulu © - T. Thomas - D. Dib (E. Wissa, 77'), S. Augarreau, F. Da Silva (M. Duku, 84'), Y. Soumaré (E. H. Coly, 41') - A. Gouiri (B. Barcola, 85'). 

ManagersEric Hély et Pierre Chavrondier.


SL Benfica : C. Biai - J. Ferreira, P. Álvaro ©, Morato, F. Pereira Baptista (J. Tavares, 83') - R. Brito - U. Embaló (Ti. Araújo, 34'), R. Camará (H. Jocu, 74'), P. Bernardo, T. Gouveia - G. Ramos. 

Manager : Jorge Maciel.



Relive the match between OL and SL Benfica in the UEFA Youth League in full on OLPLAY here





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