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OL - RB Leipzig : Lyon pull out qualification with their mental strength (2-2)

Published on 10 December 2019 at 11:13 PM
OL - RB Leipzig : les Lyonnais arrachent la qualification au mental (2-2)
OL played for a place in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night in the sixth and final matchday of the group stage.

KEY MOMENTS 

9': Forsberg converts a penalty. 0-1

33':
Werner again scores from a penalty. 0-2

40':
Aouar hits a glancing header on a free kick, but it's captured by the keeper.

45 + 2':
Dembélé hits the upright after a dummy by Memphis.

48':
Mendes' shot grazes the post.

50': GOAL!
Aouar hits a lovely shot into the opposite corner. 1-2

60':
Forsberg shoots just over the bar.

65':
Rafael blocks a shot that was heading for the goal.

74':
Memphis hits the post on a free kick after a scramble in the area.

80':
Lopes gathers a shot from Forsberg.

82': GOAL!
Memphis turns perfectly and sends the ball into the back of the net. 2-2

86':
Marçal saves a goal by blocking the ball on the line.


 MATCH SUMMARY

It was last chance saloon for Lyon in the group stages of the Champions League. For this sixth and last matchday, they would not be allowed to make mistakes. For this match which offered many possibilities, OL must win to finish first in their group or get a draw to progress to the Round of 16 of the Champions League.

The match started badly. Surprised on a moment of quick play from their opponents, les Gones conceded a penalty. Under the roar of a full stadium, Forsberg didn't hesitate and gave the advantage to the Germans in the ninth minute (0-1, 9'). Shaken by the force of the duels, the hosts  were at a loss physically. As the match was coming back into balance, Nkunku got a second penalty kick, which was converted by Werner (0-2, 33'). Without much in the way of real ideas, OL failed to create moments of danger. The fans have nevertheless believed in the reduction of the score, and there was a chance on a nice move by Dembélé, who hit the crossbar (45 + 2'). After a complicated first period, it would be necessary to show more desire upon their return from the locker room.

 

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Rudi Garcia's message at halftime was quick to start bearing fruit. Lyon come back very strong. Playing on the left side, Aouar turned his man on a one-on-one and hit an incredible shot which nestled in the opposite corner (1-2, 50'). In a stadium on fire with emotion, OL had reduced the score and could still believe in progressing. And they were right to believe; after multiple attempts, Memphis registered the equalizer by hitting a shot on the turn at the right post (2-2, 82 ').

After conceding two penalties in a very complicated first period, Les Gones came back with good intentions. Dominant for a long time, the proteges of Jean-Michel Aulas showed their character to reverse the situation and to punch their ticket for the Round of 16 of the Champions League.

  

. EXPERT ANALYSIS / ARNAUD RIVENET.

"The top two teams are coming out of the group. Nothing was easy. We were nervous until the end. It was not a win but the players were rewarded for their play in the second half. "

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MATCH DETAILS

At Groupama Stadium, Décines.

UEFA Champions League (Grp G - J6) : OL - RB Leipzig 2-2 (0-2).

Official: Anthony Taylor (ANG). Attendance : 53 288.

 

Goals : Aouar (50'), Memphis (82') for OL and Forsberg (9'), Werner (33') for Leipzig.

Bookings : Mendes (33') for OL and Upamecano (2'), Mukiele (52'), and Saracchi (62') for Leipzig.

Dismissals: none.

 

OL : Lopes - Tete, Andersen, Denayer, Rafael (Marçal, 73') - Mendes, Tousart (Reine-Adelaïde, 64') - Terrier (Marcelo, 87'), Memphis (cap.), Aouar - Dembélé.

Manager : Rudi Garcia.

 

RB Leipzig : Gulásci - Mukiele, Klostermann, Upamecano (Ampadu, 55'), Saracchi - Nkunku (Laimer, 75'), Haidara, Demme (cap.), Forsberg - Poulsen, Werner (Cunha, 55').  

Manager : Julian Nagelsmann. 

 

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