OL - ASSE: A look back on last season's derby (2-0)
The stands of Groupama Stadium still were vibrating after the victory against Juventus (1-0) four days earlier in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League. On March 1, OL's ground was hosting a new gala match: the 120th derby against AS Saint-Étienne.
The reverse fixture at the Geoffroy-Guichard, lost 1-0, had left a bitter taste. In the meantime, though, Silvinho had been replaced by Rudy Garcia and Juninho had signed for the Brazilian youngster Bruno Guimaraes.
Armed with the technical mastery brought by the newcomer in midfield, the Lyonnais stifled their long-standing rival early in the match. And it was quite logical that OL opened the scoring, with a free kick delivered by Martin Terrier onto the head of Moussa Dembélé (1-0, 27’). The 52,772 spectators would roar with delight.
Les Verts, struggled to get a foothold in the game, only creating a few chances but the ever-alert Anthony Lopes was on the lookout against Diony (50’) and Bouanga (58’, 75’). The coup de grace would come at the very end of the match, on a penalty whistled for a handball in the penalty area.
Moussa Dembélé stroked the ball past a helpless Jessy Moulin (2-0, 90’+ 6) to seal the result and the Lyon supporters had their revenge and could definitely explode with joy.