Lille - OL : the podium moves away (1-0)
7 ’. Ikoné has a shot from the edge of the area, which is stopped by Lopes.
21 '. Ikoné has a free kick from 20 meters in a wide position: it's punched away by Lopes.
33 '. GOAL ! Rémy opens the scoring on a cutback by Bamba. 1-0
43 '. Toko Ekambi meets a cross by Dubois at close range, but his shot is off target.
45 + 1 '. A free kick from distance by Aouar, who almost surprises the Lille goalkeeper.
50 '. Ikoné hits a shot from the right from 20 meters, but it comes off the post.
60 '. Guimaraes takes a shot from range but it drifts over.
90 + 2 '. Traoré has a chance in the area but it flies ove.
90 + 3 '. Osimhen has a one-on-one with Lopes but the Lyon 'keeper wins the duel.
After the setback in the Coupe de France against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, Lyon were back in action in the league this Sunday evening in a big match against LOSC. At the start, six points separated the two teams in their quest for Europe. For the home side, Lille were in good form, on five wins in their last six matches. OL had recorded prestigious victories against Juventus (1-0) in the Champions League and in the derby (2-0)
The start of the match is full of energy with two teams who are happy to play on the front foot. Despite Lyon's first chance coming in the first minutes, through Toko Ekambi, it was Christophe Galtier's players who were the most enterprising. The hosts' French international, Jonathan Ikoné, impressed particularly in his play with the ball at his feet, and posed real concerns to the Lyon defense. On a corner, played short by the northerners, Jonathan Bamba picked out Loïc Rémy around the penalty spot and the striker beat the Lyon goalkeeper (33’). LOSC were thus logically rewarded for their good start to the match. Lille's tactics jeopardized the forward play of Rudi Garcia's players who suffered under the aggressive play of their opponent. However, at the end of the first period, OL managed to put their foot on the ball and create a few good chances. Following a nice move by OL, Léo Dubois picked out Toko Ekambi at close range but the striker failed to find the target. The two teams finally returned to the locker room on the score of 1-0.
From the beginning of the second half Lille and the irrepressible Jonathan Ikoné were in control, the winger hitting Anthony Lopes' post on a shot from 20 meters. It was a rhythm that would quickly settle as Lille managing the match and Lyon finding it difficult to create chances. There was only one opportunity that looked promising and it only came in the 92nd minute through Traoré who couldn't find the target. OL would not manage to get a real chance in the second half against a Lille defense who were very well organized, and the score would not change anymore.
It was thus a very bad outcome in the race for the European places for Lyon, who are now 10 points from the podium. Lille continue their good form and their battle with Stade Rennais is now more heated than ever. Rudi Garcia's players will have to move on from this quickly if they want to experience a succesful end to the season.
. EXPERT ANALYSIS - BRYAN BERGOUGNOUX
It’s a big disappointment. There was too much lacking in our technical accuracy this evening. We were unable to finish when it was necessary, like Bertrand Traore’s chance at the end of the match. He had the opportunity to save a point. We never recovered from their having opened the score at the start of the match.
Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille.
L1 (J28) : Lille - OL 1-0 (1-0)
Referee: Benoît Bastien.
Goals : Rémy (33') for Lille.
Bookings : Rémy (45+1') for Lille ; Toko Ekambi (57'), Traoré (69'), Tousart (77') for OL.
Lille : Maignan - Celik, Fonte (c), Gabriel, Bradaric - Sanches, André - Ikoné (Soumaré 82'), Bamba (Reinildo 90+3') - Rémy (Gaitán 79'), Osimhen. Manager: Christophe Galtier.
OL : Lopes – Andersen, Marcelo, Denayer (cap.)(Traoré 67') - Dubois, Tousart (Caqueret 78'), Guimaraes, Aouar (Terrier 61'), Cornet - Dembélé, Toko Ekambi. Manager: Rudi Garcia.
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