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OL-OM: They made their mark on the Olympico

Published on 29 September 2020 at 1:00 PM
OL - OM : Ils ont marqué l'Olympico
The matches between the two Olympique sides are one of the classic fixtures of the French championship. As the two clubs have almost the same goals every season, these matches are often memorable as they can decisive in a season’s outcome. Crucially, some have left their mark more than others. Here are some of Lyon’s Olympico heroes.

Jacques Fatton (Played for OL 1954-1957)

The 1951-52 season saw OL and OM meet for the first time in their history. Unfortunately for Les Gones, the two matches went in favor of the Southerners (2-2, 3-1). Relegated at the end of the season, the team from the Stade Gerland spent two years in the second division and had to wait until the 1954-55 season to get their revenge. It happened quite quickly because the fixture calendar set this match to be played on the seventh matchday of the season. In front of more than 22,000 spectators, Les Gones will run out clear winners, 3-0, with a brace from the Swiss striker Jacques Fatton who scored the first two goals, leaving Hjalmarsson to finish the scoring. The striker would do it again three years later with another double (2-0). This was the first of 40 wins to date for OL in the history of the Olympico.

 

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Bernard Lacombe (Played for OL 1969-1978)

No matter how you look at it, Bernard Lacombe is a legend at Olympique Lyonnais. Player, coach, advisor: he has worn all the hats at the club while being the second highest scorer in its history with 149 goals. The duels against OM have also helped a lot in this regard as twelve of those 149 goals were scored against Les Phocéens, making him the most prolific goalscorer in OL's history against this opponent. Only Marseille's Josip Skoblar has scored more goals (13) if you consider players from both teams. It took only eight matches for Bernard Lacombe to score these twelve goals (between 1971 and 1977), including a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory in the 1977-78 season.

 

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Ludovic Giuly (Played for OL 1994-1998)

A pure product of the OL academy, the pocket-sized striker enjoyed a successful career with convincing spells in Monaco, Barcelona, Rome and Paris Saint-Germain. Before all that, though also had time to make history with OL, participating in the biggest victory ever in an Olympico: an 8-0 that was as comprehensive as the score would suggest. While the whole team could deserve to be named as well, Ludovic Giuly shone a little brighter than the others in recording a hat-trick. Caveglia, Maurice (a double for each) and Gava would take care of the rest of the scoring. It was an annihilation necessary to correct the one suffered by Lyon six years earlier, who had left the Vélodrome having conceded seven goals (7-0).

 

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The 5-5 (2009-2010)

The years go by, football changes, but yet this match remains for many observers as the best ever seen in the French league. Before a packed Stade de Gerland, the 22 players offered up a timeless 90 minutes, with each team going blow for blow. Pjanic opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Diawara replied seven minutes later. Govou allowed his side to edge back in front after a quarter of an hour, but Cheyrou (44’), Koné (47’) and Brandao (79 ’) are there to give OM a two goal lead with ten minutes remaining. It was then that the match would descend into madness: Lisandro scored two goals in quick succession that allowed the Gones to draw level five minutes from time, before Bastos sent the stadium into delirium. After a legendary bit of skill, the Brazilian believed he had given victory to his team, but Toulalan would accidentally score an own goal. Neither team would come out on top that night, but it was an occasion to remember for the supporters and viewers who had just witnessed a piece of history.

 

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