Montpellier-OL: Les Gones slip up at Montpellier (2-1)
2'. Savanier takes a chance with strike from distance, which passes just wide.
3'. After a recovering the ball high up the pitch, Guimaraes finds Cornet into the box. The cross by the Ivorian is controlled by Toko Ekambi but his attempt hits the post!
8'. After a cross from Ristic, Laborde does not manage to get his header on target.
16'. Aouar's header on a good cross from Dubois lacks power and is gathered by Omlin.
24'. On an excellent cross by Souquet, Delort pushes Lopes into a big save. The ball rebounds back to him but the forward narrowly misses the target!
38'. Montpellier get a penalty after a tackle from Dubois on Savanier who does converts it himself. 1-0.
41'. Kadewere has a shot which is ultimately deflected behind for a corner.
43'. Aouar is sent off after a foul on Souquet.
59'. On a cross by Ristic, Savanier scores with a sublime bit of skill with a low, left-footed shot. 2-0.
69'. On a corner, Marcelo has a good header stopped by Omlin. On the next one, Andersen cannot find the target.
73'. Omlin tips away a very good free kick from Memphis.
76'. Memphis' curling shot lacks the power to worry Omlin.
81'. Rayan Cherki gets a penalty that Memphis converts. Hilton is sent off. 2-1.
89'. Marcelo wins another header at a corner but his attempt flashes wide.
Authors of a very good start in the league against Dijon (4-1), Lyon had to share the points away to Bordeaux (0-0) despite their general domination of the match. As a result, this rescheduled encounter from the first matchday against Montpellier was of a very urgent importance. With their rivals already a few points ahead of them, OL were aiming for nothing other than victory. Playing in a 3-4-3 which is becoming more and more the usual, Lyon wasted no time in showing proving its ambition. After some effective high pressing, Bruno Guimaraes recovered the ball and hesitated before picking out Cornet. The left back's low cross was fine indeed but Toko Ekambi's shot ended up hitting the post (3’). The first chances of the match went to the visitors in the early going, Montpellier only seeing an opportunity after a misplayed attempt on the counter by Savanier (11’).
Unfortunately, their domination remained without reward and Les Gones started to leave themselves exposed. In space on the right, Souquet delivered an excellent cross to the far post for Delort. His header was saved by Lopes and fell again to the Algerian striker who inexplicably missed the target (24’). This chance seemed to completely revive the players of Michel der Zakarian, who would then take the reins in the match. Showing themselves to be more and more dangerous, they will soon after open the scoring with a panenka penalty from Savanier (38’). One phase of the game lead to another, and Houssem Aouar was sent off a few moments later after a bad tackle on Souquet (43 ’). OL returned to the locker room with down a man and a goal, a nightmarish scenario.
The start of the second half wouldn't be much better for Lyon. Despite Memphis and Jean Lucas coming on shortly before the hour, OL struggled against their opponent's numerical advantage and quickly conceded a second goal. Like the first goal, Ristic had plenty of time to shape his cross for Savanier who, in the middle of the area, displayed a nice bit of skill to get the ball onto his left foot and finish just inside the post (2-0, 59').
Despite this second goal, OL did not give up and tried to somehow to get back into the game by earning a few chances through Marcelo (69') and Memphis (73', 76') but they were not clinical enough to reduce the deficit. It was no matter, OL could continue to rely on their bench -- Jean Lucas and Cherki (on in the 68th minute) combined in the box and the second was fouled by Hilton in the area. The referee, Frank Schneider logically whistled for penalty and sent off the veteran defender, with Memphis coolly converting it (2-1, 81’). Ten minutes from time, everything seemed possible and Les Gones begin a late assault on the Montpellier goal. There were corners aplenty and despite some aerial duels won again by Marcelo, OL could not manage to come back to level terms. Rudi Garcia's team returned from La Mosson without points and are now on a second match without a win after the draw against Bordeaux (0-0).
At Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier.
L1 (Matchday 1): Montpellier-OL 2-1 (1-0)
Referee: Franck Schneider.
Goals: Savanier (38' pen, 59') for Montpellier; Memphis (81' pen) for OL.
Bookings: Delort (7'), Hilton (71') for Montpellier; Guimaraes (36'), Toko Ekambi (45+2') for OL.
Dismissals: Hilton (81') for Montpellier; Aouar (43') for OL.
Montpellier: Omlin - Pedro Mendes, Congré, Hilton - Souquet, Ferri (Mollet, 63'), Le Tallec, Ristic - Savanier (Chotard, 75') - Delort (Mavididi, 63'), Laborde. Manager: Michel der Zakarian.
OL : Lopes - Andersen, Marcelo, Denayer (Bard, 68') - Dubois, Caqueret, Guimaraes (Jean Lucas, 55'), Cornet (Dembélé, 75') - Aouar - Toko Ekambi (Cherki, 68'), Kadewere (Memphis, 55'). Manager: Rudi Garcia.