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After OL – Leipzig (2-2) : Memphis-Aouar, a partnership that gets it done

Published on 13 December 2019 at 8:00 AM
Après OL – Leipzig (2-2) : Memphis-Aouar, une complicité qui compte
Friends in life and on the pitch, Memphis and Houssem Aouar carried OL on Tuesday night against Leipzig to clinch qualification for the Round of 16 in the Champions League.

Their relationship is obvious. Inseparable within the squad, Memphis and Houssem Aouar are also the same on the pitch. The two friends speak the same footballing language, that of a spectacular and aesthetically refined game. And when they play together, it makes sparks. Tuesday night, in a decisive meeting in the biggest European competition, they gave their fans and football fans a fresh demonstration of what they are capable of doing.

 

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Although he was not as brilliant as usual in his use of the ball, Memphis showed the way for his teammates in a completely different field, that of his state of mind. The captain's armband he's been wearing on his biceps for the last few weeks suits him so well, just like his "hero costume" that he once again donned to drag his club back into the match. His goal for the equalizer and with it, qualification 8 minutes from time is his 5th in 5 European matches this season and his 10th decisive action in the Champions League with OL (6 goals, 4 assists), the player most prolific in this competition since Karim Benzema (14).

 

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"Not far from being the most important goal of my career." That was Houssem Aouar's comment, at the end of the match. At the age of only 21, the player trained at OL's academy did not shrink from the biggest stage. He set the tone of the Lyon reaction with a brilliant goal early in the second period, took things in hand in the game, taking the instructions of Rudi Garcia to hear and sacrificing his last bit of strength after a command performance.


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