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OL – OM (CDF) : A classic in the Coupe de France

Published on 10 February 2020 at 6:00 PM
OL – OM (CDF) : un classique en Coupe de France
The Olympico which will take place at Groupama Stadium on Wednesday will make Marseille the opponent that OL have faced the most in the Coupe de France. Here's a look back on the previous matches between the two clubs in this event.

1962-1963 : Round of 16

The first match between OL and OM in the Coupe de France took place on March 10, 1963 on the pitch of Toulouse Stadium! It was indeed on neutral ground that this Round of 16 match would take place between the two Olympiques. At that time, Marseille was already a standard-bearing club in France, while OL, only relatively recently established, had done no better than a second division title and 8th place in Ligue 1. However, it was the underdog that would spring a surprise. After an indecisive first period, Lyon changed the course of the match thanks to Polak (55 ', 1-0) and Di Nallo (63', 2-0) and pulled off a win in this first confrontation despite the expulsion of Rambert, sent off along with in company of Sansonetti, and a late consolation by Milazzo (89 ', 2-1). The rest of the adventure would see OL reach their first final, losing in a replayed match against Monaco (0-0, 2-0).

 

1972-1973: Quarterfinal

Ten years after that first duel, the two clubs met in the Coupe de France in a quarterfinal. Defeated in the first leg (1-0), OL, who had won twice in the meantime, would reverse the situation in the second. In a packed Stade Gerland, Les Gones would overcome Les Phoceens with a double from Lacombe (23 ', 1-0, 87', 4-0), interspersed with goals by Chiesa (52 ', 2-0) and Baeza (65 ', 3-0). It was a feat that would lead the club to another success, since OL would be crowned champions in June having beaten Nantes in the final (2-1).

 

1975-1976 : Final

Three years after the stinging defeat of 73, OM took revenge. At the worst of times ... On June 12, 1976, the two clubs found themselves in the final but it was Marseille who took the lead (2-0). It must be said that OL, fighting to stay up in the championship, had their heads elsewhere, focused on a match against Troyes at the end of the championship, which would decide its future in the elite. OL won (2-0) and survival was achieved!

 

1986-1987: Round of 16

OL’s last Coupe de France match before the Aulas era ended in a second failure against Marseille. Beaten heavily at the Vélodrome in the away leg (3-0), OL, then in the second division, entered the Round of 16 second leg with the challenge to reverse everything. Unfortunately, the bar was too high. Remark did well to open the scoring, (25 ', 1-0), but Genghini (34', 1-1) and then Förster (44 ', 1-2) complicated Lyon's task, who could only equalize at the end (75 ', 2-2).

 

2005-2006 :Round of 16

Nearly twenty years after their most recent clash in the Coupe de France, Lyon and Marseille once again crossed paths in the Round of 16 of the event. This time, Marseille looked the underdog against a Lyon who were crushing everything in their path. Three-time defending champion, Lyon were in full swing in its golden age when hosting OM at the Stade Gerland. However, the problem was the club has just experienced one of its biggest disappointments a few days earlier, enduring a traumatic night in Milan, where OL were knocked out of the Champions League having been very close to the semifinals, minutes from an incredible achievement. It was a nightmare that still in everyone's mind that preceded this meeting against Marseille, who would benefit from it. Maoulida scored first (17 ’, 0-1), Fred tied the match (22’, 1-1) but in the end Niang's goal (65 ’, 1-2) close out the match. It was no matter, as the team's spirits were elsewhere ...

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2006-2007: Round of 16

For OL, it was undoubtedly the cruelest elimination in the history of these Olympicos disputed in the Coupe de France. In a packed Velodrome stadium, Marseille welcomed Lyon for this Round of 16 fixture. The visitors would quickly open the scoring with clever goal by Cris (0-1, 18th). Despite a slight domination on the part of OL, the match was hotly contested and Marseille managed to get their opportunities. OL would hold on, until the 86th minute: Michaël Pagis equalized with a volley (1-1) before Mamadou Niang scored a powerful header moments later (2-1, 89th), marking the second victory in two years for OM.

 

2008-2009 :Round of 32

OL do not know it yet, but the title won the previous year, a historic seventh in a row, would be the last that the club would win. The 2008-2009 season marked the end of Lyon's hegemony on the national scene. And it was Marseille, as well as Bordeaux, who would be fighting for the title at the last. In the Coupe de France, OL would still get the better of their rival thanks to a single goal by Karim Benzema just after the start (2 ’, 1-0). A few weeks later, a new OL win would kill all suspense in Ligue 1; OM let the title slip, leaving Les Girondins to be crowned.

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2016-2017: Round of 32

For the second time in a row, the two Olympiques met in the Round of 32, but in a much more spectacular encounter this time. At the Vélodrome, the opportunities were fast and furious on both sides but it was Rod Fanni who would give the advantage to OM with a header across goal (1-0, 25th). It would take until the second half to see OL reply: Nabil Fékir found Corentin Tolisso at the far post, who turned the ball into Pelé's net (1-1, 64th). The equalizer meant extra time as neither team would score a second time in regular time. It would be necessary to until for the 109th minute of play and a goal by Doria (2-1) to see the hosts take the lead definitively, much to the chagrin of Lyon.

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