Strasbourg - OL: This will do a lot of good! (2-3)
12'. Kadewere gets a goal after a ball over the top by Memphis. 0-1.
21'. Great opportunity for Strasbourg.
26'. Goal from Toko Ekambi on a counter perfectly led by Memphis. 0-2.
30'. Aouar has a shot, but it's not powerful enough cross from Toko Ekambi.
32'. Aholou's shot is blocked by Lopes with his feet.
39'. Lopes makes a big save on a Mitrovic header.
40'. Ajorque's attempt goes just over the bar.
42'. Goal from Toko Ekambi who just has to tap the ball in. 0-3.
44'. Goal by Diallo, who scores following a big save by Lopes. 1-3.
55'. Aholou scores despite an exceptional save from Lopes a few seconds earlier. 2-3.
59'. A block on the line denies Aouar.
73'. Last-ditch clearance by Mitrovic from the feet of Dembélé.
74'. A third block on the line, this time by Lala to stop a header from Marcelo.
82'. Aholou's strike is just wide of the post.
85'. A header by Dembélé ends up in Kamara's gloves.
Two weeks after a very frustrating draw against OM (1-1), OL returned to league action with a meeting scheduled for just after lunch, a very unusual time of day. The transfer window had closed, the international break was, and the team could focus on an ultra-important trip to Strasbourg with the declared ambition to start its climb up the standings. Words first, then deed, as was made clear from the start of the match with Kadewere’s very first Ligue 1 goal coming at the conclusion of a quick attack. With Paqueta in the starting eleven, Lyon would do damage on this type of action again, taking advantage of the spaces left by their opponent through Toko Ekambi, who scored a brace in just a quarter of an hour. It seemed the die was cast, but shortly thereafter, Strasbourg reacted by reducing the deficit and could still have hope in the second half.
Despite being behind heading into the locker room, the Alsatian team had plenty of momentum and came back to within a goal. The match was completely open, with plenty of chances on both sides of the pitch. Playing with the bit between their teeth, Memphis' teammates were close to being back in front by two goals but three blocks on the line kept them from doing as much. They still weren't safe, however, as a fast-paced final quarter of an hour saw the locals keep pushing for a result. The end of the match was a nervy one, as nothing mattered but the outcome, which was in doubt until the end. OL finally heard the final whistle and clinched their first win since Matchday One.
At Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg.
L1 (Matchday Seven) : Racing Club Strasbourg Alsace - OL 2-3 (1-3)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet.
Goals: Kadewere (12'), Toko Ekambi (26', 42') for OL. Diallo (44'), Aholou (55') for Strasbourg.
Bookings: Kadewere (20'), Cornet (45+2') for OL. Ajorque (57'), Aholou (90+3') for Strasbourg.
Strasbourg : Kamara - Carole (Diallo, 37'), Koné, Simakan, Mitrovic, Lala (cap.) - Aholou, Bellegarde (Sissoko, 76'), Thomasson (Waris, 84'), Liénard - Ajorque. Manager: Thierry Laurey.
OL : Lopes - Dubois (De Sciglio, 72'), Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet - Paqueta (Diomande, 86'), Mendes, Aouar (Jean Lucas, 72') - Kadewere (Dembélé, 64'), Memphis, Toko Ekambi. Manager: Rudi Garcia.