OL-ASSE: Good memories at the Gerland (3-0)
It was also on November 8, five years ago. It would be the last derby against Les Verts at the Stade Gerland. A few days earlier, OL lost at home against Zenit (0-2), in the Champions League. But it was fate that this last derby to be played between the arches of Tony Garnier would not get away from Les Gones.
The Lyon team, still coached at this time of the season by Hubert Fournier, had no less than six academy products at kick-off: Lopes, Umtiti, Gonalons, Ferri, Tolisso and Lacazette. And if captain Max had to leave the pitch prematurely due to injury, it was Alex who struck first, just before the break, with a fine finish to beat Ruffier (1-0, 40'). Dominant, OL returned to the locker room with a deserved advantage, in a fiery Gerland.
The character of the game remained the same in the second half. And the hosts'' striker would definitely give this derby his imprint. First by doubling the lead, on the break, after a great bit of collective play and a strike from Rafael which he turned home on the rebound (2-0, 59'). Then, with a great pass from Ferri, he beat Ruffier one last time to score in the empty goal (3-0, 90'+2). The Gerland could exult, even gloat and celebrate this latest success against their sworn enemy.
"A hat-trick in a derby is a wild dream I have had. It was one of the greatest moments of my career," said the hero of this derby, a player who will go down in history.