OL - Nice (1-0) : Lyon ups the pace
5' Penalty won by Dembélé and converted by Aouar. 1-0.
51' Dembélé can't hit the target after a good cross from Bard.
52' Very nice exchange between Lucas, Cherki and Dembélé but the striker misses the target.
63' Cherki's attempt ends up in Cardinale's gloves.
77' Played in by Memphis, Kadewere stumbles against the Nice goalkeeper.
83' Bard volley's is saved.
"The objective is to validate our work at Evian." After a week of intense work near Lake Geneva and a first friendly easily handled against a Swiss sixth division side (12-0), assistant Claude Fichaux expected his team to increase in power, in line with what's been happening over the last month. With a completely different eleven from Wednesday, Lyon faced OGC Nice, an opponent of a completely different caliber, in Groupama Stadium behind closed doors. The match was bound to be more balanced, but OL entered the game better by opening the scoring on a penalty converted by the day's captain, Houssem Aouar.
Much less advanced in their preparation, Nice also had a say in this rhythmic aspect of the match, working hard but without creating many chances. Lyon, led by a Moussa Dembélé back fit, still had the best opportunities without widening the gap. Rayan Cherki and Tino Kadewere also lacked a finishing touch. After many changes throughout the second half, the match became disjointed and the scoreboard did not change again.
Expert Analysis: Bryan Bergougnoux
We worked well collectively. There was good link-up play and movement during this match against a good opponent. We are continuing to build our momentum. It was a good match overall. We were well prepared. It's good for our confidence. Next week's tournament will allow us to get even stronger.
At Groupama Stadium, Décines.
Friendly: OL - OGC Nice 1-0 (1-0).
Goal: Aouar (pen 5') for OL.
Bookings: Traoré (40') for OL. Benitez (4') for Nice.
OL : Tatarusanu (Lopes, 46') - Rafael (Tete, 46'), Marcelo (Denayer, 75'), Andersen, Koné (Bard, 46') - Lucas (Mendes, 66'), Guimaraes (Caqueret, 66') - Traoré (Reine-Adélaïde, 66'), Cherki (Memphis, 66'), Aouar (cap.) (Cornet, 76') - Dembélé (Kadewere, 76'). Manager : Rudi Garcia.
Nice : First half : Benitez - Atal, Pelmard, Dante, Kamara - Thuram, Boudaoui, Lees-Melou - Ganago, Sacko, Dolberg. Second half : Cardinale - Burner, Pelmard, Daniliuc, Hamache, Danilo, Makengo, Trouillet, Brazao, Sacko, Gouiri. Manager: Patrick Vieira.