Lorient-OL: Historic matches between the two teams
Lorient-OL (2-4), January 31, 2012, Coupe de la Ligue
On that January evening, OL were away to Lorient with a place in the Coupe de la Ligue final at stake. To punch their ticket, Les Gones started with more or less their first-choice eleven, but the hosts did not shy away from the challenge and were battling toe-to-toe with their opponents, with Mathieu Coutadeur notably hitting Hugo Lloris’ crossbar with a long shot. Despite good intentions on both sides, the match remained scoreless at the interval.
It’s in the second half that the match would take on another dimension. Found with a long ball, Emeghara turned Cris in the box before beating Lloris (1-0, 59’). A real threat, the Nigerian forward would also be responsible for the second goal. Making a nice move on the turn, he picked out Mareque at the edge of the area. The Lyon defense tried to clear the ball but Monnet-Paquet pounced to regain the ball and double the lead from a tight angle (2-0, 69’).
The situation seemed desperate, with Lorient even continuing to be very dangerous (72’, 73’, 78’) but as always, OL can count on its academy graduates. Breaking into the box, Lacazette reduced the deficit with a powerful strike and gave hope to the away support (2-1, 80’). Reinvigorated, Le Gones continued to push and would manage to level the score in the very last seconds of the match. From a corner, Briand rose highest to beat Lecomte (2-2, 94’).
Having now taken the edge psychologically, OL entered extra time with the bit between their teeth and would eventually take the lead. Gomis took advantage of a goalmouth scramble to score with a low shot (2-3, 102’). Lorient will continue to push despite this setback (112’, 113’) but without success, as Lacazette even netted his brace (2-4, 120’). Les Gones reached the final of the Coupe de la Ligue after a match as spectacular as it was breathtaking.
OL-Lorient (4-0), September 24, 2014, Ligue 1
After six hotly contested matchdays, OL were not in very good shape at the start of the 2014-15 season. 13th at kick-off, Jean-Michel Aulas’s club welcomed Les Merlus, who sat. However, the seeming logic of the table would not be respected and Alexandre Lacazette quickly puts his side on the right track. Breaking into the box, the French international scored with a low strike to beat Lecomte (1-0, 5 ’). The match was entertaining with chances on both sides, as Lorient tried their luck (6’, 23’, 29’) but they lacked a cutting edge, which would end up costing them dearly.
Played in behind by Jallet, Nabil Fékir hit a shot on the turn to beat Lecomte (2-0, 39’). It was a very hard blow for Les Merlus who are not as sharp at the back as in front, conceding a third goal shortly after returning from the locker room. Excellent in this match, Njié springs the offside trap thanks to Ferri. The Cameroonian rounded Lecomte and scored into an empty goal (3-0, 50’). This was too much for Lorient who will completely let the game slip and conceded a fourth goal from Fékir on an exceptional pass from Tolisso (4-0, 68’).
This success would allow Les Gones to move up to 8th place and launch a season that will see them battle PSG at the top of the table for a very long time. For their part, Lorient would slip to 17th place in the standings and would take revenge in the reverse fixture, drawing with OL at the Stade Gerland (1-1).
Lorient-OL (1-3), April 3, 2016, Ligue 1
This second part of the 2015-16 season represented an impressive return for OL. Ninth at the winter break, the Rhone club were chasing the points they needed to reach the podium. Still six points off Monaco in second place before this match, each match was like a final and the many chances that they sought seemed to prove it (8’, 13’, 15’, 24’). Unfortunately, none of them were converted and the hosts would take advantage. Picked out superbly on a long ball by Mesloub, Barthelmé had only to play in Waris who concluded the move into an empty goal (1-0, 37’).
Stung, OL would react quickly. On the right flank, Yanga-Mbiwa picked out Ferri. The midfielder crossed and Gassama failed to clear. Lacazette took the opportunity to snap a shot into Lecomte's top corner and level the score (1-1, 44’). With the second half displays by both sides, a draw seemed logical: each of them managed to create chances but neither would manage to be sharp enough to take the lead. That was the case, at least, before the 81st minute of play.
Found by Valbuena in the corner of the penalty area, Ghezzal stepped forward, hooking the ball back onto his left foot before finishing at the near post to leave Lecomte no chance (1-2, 81’). Seemingly defeated by this goal, Lorient seemed to give up and Lacazette even notched his brace moments later (1-3, 84’) on a pass from Ghezzal. Thanks to this victory, OL continued to put pressure on Monaco, who they would eventually overtake after a legendary match (6-1) on Matchday 37 in the league.