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OL - Strasbourg : A point, that's all... (1-1)

Published on 16 February 2020 at 4:50 PM
OL - Strasbourg : un point, c'est tout... (1-1)
OL were held in check by Strasbourg on the 25th matchday of Ligue 1 Conforama. A few days after qualifying for the Coupe de France against OM, Lyon were less offensively inspired. They took the lead before being caught just before the interval.

KEY MOMENTS

8'. Rafael is forced off with a thigh injury and replaced by Tete.
10'. Liénard's free kick sails over the crossbar.
22'. Traore's scores from a Cornet cross with a diving header. 1-0.
32'. Another header by Traoré on a cross by Marçal which this time is not on target.
43'. Zohi gets the equalizing goal, having sprung the offside trap. 1-1.
68'. Huge chance for Cornet who fails to find the target.
73'. Curling shot by Tete repelled by Sels.
80'. Liénard's shot goes just over the bar.
87'. Lala's curling strike is deflected by the post.
90 + 2'. A scramble in Lopes' area...


 MATCH SUMMARY  

Irresistible in the Cups, OL have lost ground recently in the league after a good start to the year. Without a victory in three matches in Ligue 1 but qualified for the semifinal of the Coupe de France after their success against OM in the week, we had no choice but to win to move back up the table. A visit from Strasbourg, in 7th place and in great form, was not the ideal fixture, however. After a difficult start to the game marked by unpredictable gusts of wind and Rafael's injury, Lyon got to grips with the game and were rewarded with a goal by Bertrand Traoré before being surprised a few moments before returning to the locker room. It was seemingly not the best time to dispel any lingering doubts about the result...



But the teammates of Houssem Aouar, captain on the day, set off again, playing on the front foot against an Alsatian team who held their shape very well. Under these conditions, it was difficult to create real chances. However, Maxwel Cornet was only a few millimeters short of putting the ball into the back of the net. OL continued to push to force a win as Strasbourg attempted a few shots on the counter, hitting the post on a curled shot from Lala and a scramble at the very end of the match ... coming very close to sealing a result. Rudi Garcia's men dropped two points again in their mission to move up the table.

 

. EXPERT ANALYSIS - ARNAUD RIVENET 

What we needed was not there. It was a last chance match to believe in reaching the top three. Now it's more than difficult to hope to be on the podium at the end of the season. Beyond the result, the team's behavior and attitude are bad. There is no desire shown, we did nothing to try to win the match.

 

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 MATCH DETAILS

At Groupama Stadium, Décines.

Ligue 1 Conforama (J25) : OL - RC Strasbourg Alsace 1-1 (1-1).

Referee: Johan Hamel. Attendance : 45 141.

Goals : Traoré (22') for OL. Zohi (43') for Strasbourg.

Bookings : Traoré (41'), Aouar (79'), Dembélé (90+4') for OL. Koné (47') for Strasbourg.

OL : Lopes - Rafael (Tete, 8'), Marcelo, Andersen, Marçal - Caqueret, Mendes, Aouar (cap.) - Traoré (Dembélé, 63'), Toko Ekambi, Cornet (Terrier, 74').  Manager : Rudi Garcia.              

Strasbourg : Sels - Simakan, Koné, Mitrovic (cap.), Lala - Bellegarde, Liénard - Zohi (Djiku, 74'), Thomasson, Waris (Mothiba, 83') - Ajorque (Aaneba, 90').  Manager : Thierry Laurey. 

 

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