OL-OM (CDF) : Olympique Lyonnais sink Marseille (1-0)
4'. Lopez crosses for Germain who is well marshaled by Andersen, the shot of the Marseille man drifts wide.
16'. Payet takes a chance from 20 meters but his shot is well over the bar.
20'. Sarr beats Cornet, and crosses back towards goal for Germain who misses the target once again.
23'. Dembélé's free kick is deflected off the wall, and Pelé is beaten but it passes a few centimeters wide.
30'. It's a scramble in front of the Marseille goal! Terrier grazes the ball with his head 5 meters from goal!
34'. Pelé is beaten following a free kick by Aouar but it is again wide of the net.
56'. Aouar plays in Caqueret who takes his chance at the edge of the area, it is deflected but it fails to find the back of the net.
69'. Handball by Sakai in the box but Dembélé misses the penalty.
82'. Traoré finds Aouar on the right side of the area, and the midfielder finds the back of the net! 1-0.
Olympique Lyonnais were three matches without a win before this clash against Marseille. It was a meeting made all the more important as it was a quarterfinal of the Coupe de France. The objective was therefore clear: to regain momentum but above all to qualify for the last four of the competition. From the start of the match, Lyon evinced good intentions, especially at the start, but it was the players of André Villas-Boas who were able to settle things, showing themselves to be dangerous on several occasions. From the 30th minute of play, the trend was reversed. OL had possession of the ball and approached the opposing goal several times. But this first period was also marked by a lack of precision in front of goal, with very few strikes on target but also a first half which can be described as balanced, with chances on both sides.
After returning from the locker room, OL were still in control of the ball. Marseille could not seem to worry the hosts. The evening's captain Jason Denayer and his teammates took the opportunity to undermine the defense of the Phoceens. The players of Rudi Garcia get a penalty twenty minutes from time following a handball from Sakai but Moussa Dembélé missed the penalty, which only delayed the inevitable. OL then played against a very low block throughout the second part of the match, which ended up being surprised at the end thanks to a super ball by Bertrand Traoré for Houssem Aouar, who sent a rocket into Pelé's top corner (82', 1-0). After that, Lyon were no longer worried and ended up qualifying for the semi-finals of the Coupe de France without having really been put under much pressure. The draw this Thursday will see them know their next opponent!
.EXPERT ANALYSIS - BRYAN BERGOUGNOUX
We deserved this qualification throughout the match. We went up in our level while Marseille, who had started well, did not create any chances afterwards. There were plenty of faults with Marseille. We had a good second half; it’s a logical qualification.
At Groupama Stadium, Décines.
Coupe de France Semifinal: OL-OM 1-0 (0-0).
Referee: Benoît Millot.
Goals : Aouar (82') for OL.
Bookings : Tete (17'), Caqueret (89') for OL. Strootman (37'), Sanson (49') and Sakai (69') for OM.
Dismissals : none.
OL : Lopes - Tete, Andersen, Denayer, Cornet - Tousart (Mendes, 51'), Caqueret, Aouar - Terrier (Traoré, 77'), Dembélé (Marçal, 85'), Toko Ekambi. Manager: Rudi Garcia.
OM : Pelé - Sakai, Gonzalez, Kamara, Sarr - Strootman (Khaoui, 85'), Sanson, Rongier - Lopez (Chabrolle, 87'), Germain, Payet (Aké, 73'). Manager: André Villas-Boas.
Relive OL-OM in full on OL Play here