Retro UCL : A dangerous trip to Leipzig
Last October 2, 2019, things looked grim for OL. Jean-Michel Aulas' club were on a streak of seven games without a win in all competitions and are not really in the best position to face the group leader Leipzig after their victory at Benfica in the opening fixture (1-2). Nevertheless, these European evenings have the gift of transcending beyond all logic. The 22 players stepped onto the pitch of a packed Red Bull Arena and the match could begin.
Very spirited, young Julian Nagelsmann's team are the first to be dangerous. In the fifth minute of play, Laimer evaded Lucas Tousart and Fernando Marçal and played in Klostermann. The German winger delivers an excellent cross at ground level for Werner who overhit his left footed shot a little too much to be able to finish. It was a huge opportunity that the Lipsians would bitterly regret. A few moments later, Houssem Aouar pressed high and recovered the ball from Konaté's feet. The midfielder then linked up with Memphis to allow the Dutchman to beat Gulacsi and open the scoring (0-1, 10 ’).
It was a welcome goal, but one that did not necessarily protect the visitors from not earning a result. Against a very high press, Thiago Mendes lost the ball and allowed Werner to beat Marçal and go for goal. Fortunately, the German striker was not having a good night and his hard-hit ball went over Anthony Lopes (23 ’) goal. Undeterred, the locals pushed to come back and Marcelo had to work hard to block a ball on the line (33 ’). Coming back from the locker room, the score was the same: Leipzig were pressing and Anthony Lopes deflected another dangerous shot (50 ’).
The Lyon team bent but did not break and saw the storm pass before doubling down. On a huge mistake by Nordi Mukiele, Martin Terrier recovered the ball in the opponent's area, turned Gulacsi and scored his first goal of the season in the European Cup (0-2, 65 ’). This was too much for the Germans, who would never be able to catch up. OL therefore imposed themselves on the leader's pitch and give themselves a breath of fresh air by ending this poor series of results.