OL v ASSE: Lyon take revenge! (2-0)
9’. Diony shoots wide.
27’. Dembélé opens the scoring with a header from Terrier's free-kick delivery. 1-0.
36’. Tousart's header is narrowly off target.
47’. Marcelo's half-volley goes over the bar.
50’. Big stop from Lopes to deny Diony.
58'. Another key Lopes save as he keeps out an effort from Bouanga.
61'. Moulin saves a shot from Dembélé.
65'. Tousart's goal is disallowed after a VAR check.
75'. Third big save of the night from Lopes, again denying Bouanga.
80'. Another OL strike is chalked off, this time from Toko Ekambi.
88'. Marçal makes a vital clearance.
89'. Toko Ekambi is denied by Moulin from a tight angle.
90+6'. Dembélé seals the win with a penalty. 2-0.
SUMMARY AND LESSONS
The derby had lost none of its importance between two huge meetings. After the superb victory over Juventus in the Champions League Round of 16 and prior to a French Cup semi-final against PSG, Groupama Stadium was entitled to its traditional meeting with its neighbour and historic rival, ASSE. With local bragging rights at stake as usual, this 120th derby was also crucial in terms of league standing. It was important to keep winning and OL set out to do so from the very beginning. In a one-sided first 45', they controlled possession and spent the majority of the time inside the opposition half. It was therefore no surprise when the hosts took the lead thanks Moussa Dembélé's 15th Ligue 1 goal of the season, sending the stadium into pandemonium. While ASSE rarely threatened, there could be regrets for not having made a bigger gap in the first half.
Lifeless until now, the visitors finally began to threaten after the break. Anthony Lopes was called upon to make several key saves. OL were close to extending the lead on several occasions but VAR ruled against them on two contentious situations. That was all it took to raise the temperature a little bit more in this derby. The foul count grew, as did the number of yellow cards. But with just under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, it was Jason Denayer and co. who held the advantage. VAR once again cut home celebrations short, ruling out a Karl Toko Ekambi effort for offside... and OL were still under threat, as shown by Marçal's crucial clearance. But, with the unfailing support of their fans, OL doubled the lead with a penalty to win this 120th derby and a very important success that allowed them to move up to fifth place in the standings! What a week!
. PUNDIT ANALYSIS - BRYAN BERGOUGNOUX
It's a great week for OL. Victory over a European giant in the Champions League and now three points in the derby. We got our revenge thanks to Moussa in particular. We can be satisfied tonight. Being fifth in the table is important. We're 11 places ahead of ASSE. At the same time, we are back in the race for the European places. There's going to be head-to-head matches that we're going to have to win.
At Groupama Stadium.
L1 (Match 27) : OL – AS Saint-Etienne 2-0 (1-0)
Referee: Frank Schneider. Attendance: 52,772.
Goals: Dembélé (27', 90+6') for OL.
Yellow cards: Dubois (53'), Dembélé (67'), Tousart (77'), Guimaraes (87') for OL. Debuchy (26'), Trauco (39'), Abi (77'), Kolodziejczak (90+5') for ASSE.
OL: Lopes – Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer (c), Marçal - Tousart, Guimaraes, Aouar (Rafael, 84') - Traoré, Dembélé, Terrier (Toko Ekambi, 72'). Coach: Rudi Garcia.
ASSE: Moulin - Debuchy (c), Fofana, Saliba, Kolodziejczak, Trauco (Abi, 70') - Cabaye, Mvila - Honorat (Boudebouz, 79'), Diony, Bouanga. Coach: Claude Puel.
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