One day, one match (19/03/2016): OL 2 – 0 Nantes, a win at the death
Four years ago today, OL won against Nantes (2-0) in the brand new Groupama Stadium in the seventh game played in the new ground. The some 45,000 supporters present saw a match with little intensity in which Nantes sat deep and show a very good solidity. Lyon tried in the first half to play and created the best chances but came up against a compact defence and a very good Rémy Riou.
The second half was hardly more attractive because the match was more than frustrating. But the spectators in attendance would be entitled a treat in a last 10 minutes of madness. It all started with the youngster Gaëtan Perrin who came into play on 81’. While having played only 21 minutes with the first team, the current player of Orleans would score his first goal with the first team only two minutes after entering the game (83’). It was a great story for this young man who unlocked the match while his team had stumbled from the start. Alexandre Lacazette would complete this win by doubling the lead on a penalty scored in added time (90+3’).
With this victory, OL then offered themselves a breath of fresh air and kept their distance from Rennes, Caen and Saint-Etienne. The collective play was not necessarily exceptional that evening but the important thing was the three points. And that's how we recognise great teams, succeeding in winning even when they don't necessarily play well.