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OL - Rangers FC (0-2) : Defeat for OL to start the Veolia Trophy

Published on 16 July 2020 at 8:45 PM
OL - Rangers FC (0-2) : l'OL défait pour son entrée dans le Trophée Veolia
The Lyonnais lost 2-0 to Rangers FC as they played their first match in the Veolia Trophy. It is the first defeat the team have suffered during this preseason. Their next match is on Saturday against another Scottish team, Celtic FC.

Key moments

3’. Good cross by Traore center for Cherki.
16’. Shot by Toko Ekambi but it's blocked.
20'. Goal for Rangers after a scramble in the area. 0-1.
25'. Hagi scores from a blocked shot to beat Tatarusanu. 0-2.
39'. Kent is sent off for a bad tackle on Marcelo.
44'. Great chance for Cherki.
61'. Koné blocks a shot off the line.
64'. Free-kick by Traoré.
65'. A fine shot across goal from Traoré, saved by the Scottish goalkeeper.
85'. An attempt by Aouar is saved.
86'. Memphis scuffs his shot after superb service from Aouar.

 

Match summary

A few minutes after the end of the big match that launched the Veolia Trophy, it was OL's turn to start its tournament organized at Groupama Stadium. In front of 5,000 spectators, including some members of the nursing staff invited for the occasion, Lyon expected to continue their strong start to the preseason against Rangers FC two weeks before the final of the Coupe de la Ligue against PSG. But things did not go quite as planned. While they had made a very good start, they were caught out by two unfortunate goals after two counterattacks and the Scots offered a very solid block defensively. In a physical end to the first half, Kent saw red and left his team with 10 men.

 

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Rudi Garcia took advantage of the break to make his first six changes. The battles were clearly going OL's way, but a breakthrough was not yet to be found. Still outnumbered, Rangers did not let go and remained dangerous on a few fast counterattacks Lyon accentuated their domination and pressure on Rangers' goal, driven forward in particular by Memphis and Houssem Aouar. Nothing helped, however, and OL suffered their first defeat of the preseason. The next match is Saturday against Celtic FC.

 

Expert analysis: Anthony Réveillère

We had a good first 15 minutes with link-up play and establishing a sense rhythm. We conceded goals on fine margins. It was a matter of vigilance. We were caught out and Rangers gained confidence. They then played their game on the counterattack. We continued to push with many crosses. We haven't done enough combination play in small spaces. Glasgow has controlled this match.

 

Match details

At Groupama Stadium, Décines. 

Trophée Veolia (Friendly) : OL - Rangers FC 0-2 (0-2)

Goals : own goal (20'), Hagi (25') for Rangers. 

Bookings : Marcelo (39'), Memphis (75') for OL.

Dismissals: Kent (39') for Rangers. 

OL : Tatarusanu, Rafael (Tete, 46'), Marcelo (cap.) (Denayer, 46'), Andersen (Diomandé, 46'), Bard (Koné, 46'), Jean Lucas (Guimaraes, 46'), Caqueret, Traoré (Memphis, 72'), Reine-Adelaïde (Kadewere, 46'), Cherki (Dembélé, 72'), Toko Ekambi (Aouar, 72'). Manager: Rudi Garcia.

Rangers : McLaughlin, Tavernier, Goldson (cap.), Jack (Kamara, 46'), Barisic, Davis, Edmundson, Aribo, Hagi (Arfield, 46'), Morelos, Kent. Manager : Steven Gerrard. 

 

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