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Nice-OL: Lyon take control! (1-4)

Published on 19 December 2020 at 9:00 PM
Nice - OL : Les Lyonnais ont pris les commandes ! (1-4)
OL won 4-1 in Nice on the 16th Matchday of Ligue 1. This victory, won with a level of control throughout, allows Lyon to temporarily go top of the table pending the outcome of the match between Lille and Paris on Sunday night.

Key moments

7'. First attempt for Memphis who finds his effort blocked by Benitez's feet.
20'. A quick counter is almost finished by Aouar but Benitez saves well.
32'. Penalty won by Kadewere and converted by Memphis with a sumptuous panenka. 0-1.
34'. A curling effort by Aouar falls just past the foot of the post.
39'. Goal by Kadewere who recovers the ball thanks to his efforts pressing and beats Benitez. 0-2.
44'. Gouiri scores with a header from close range. 1-2.
53'. Paqueta's strike flashes over the crossbar.
63'. Goal by Toko Ekambi, played in by Kadewere to beat Benitez, on the counter. 1-3.
73'. Goal by Aouar who tucks home from a cross by Dubois which had been half-cleared by Benitez. 1-4.
83'. Memphis misses a one-on-one.
90 + 3'. A powerful shot from Paqueta is barely tipped over by Benitez.

 

Match summary

No time to procrastinate. Three days after the draw against Brest at home, OL were already back on the road in Nice with the possibility of temporarily taking the lead the day before Lille - PSG. The start of the match was even but it was the Lyonnais who has the first opportunities, relying in particular on their qualities of quick play on the counter. They were awarded a penalty which Memphis converted with a panenka and thereafter Rudi Garcia's plan continued to work wonderfully. Kadewere scored the second goal of the game thanks to his work in pressing. Courtesy of their efficiency, OL had the game in hand, but on the stroke of halftime they allowed Nice back into the game, seeing their lead reduced just before the break.

 

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The second half resumed at the same pace with Nice in possession of the ball but not really producing much that was dangerous. On the Lyon side, the visitors combined well in midfield with the Guimaraes-Paqueta-Aouar trio  working together before springing into action on the counter, exemplified by Toko Ekambi's third goal. Memphis and his teammates gave a real footballing recital over these few minutes. Aouar then scored the fourth goal to seal the result and temporarily allow Lyon to settle into top spot ahead of Sunday night's match between Lille and the Parisians.

 

Match details

At Allianz Riviera, Nice. 

L1 (Matchday 17): OGC Nice-OL 1-4 (1-2)

Referee: Antony Gautier. Attendance: behind closed doors.

Goals: Memphis (pen 32'), Kadewere (39'), Toko Ekambi (63'), Aouar (73') for OL. Gouiri (44') for Nice. 

Bookings: Thuram (57') for Nice. Cornet (66') for OL.

Nice Benitez (cap.) - Daniliuc, Bambu, N'Soki - Lotomba, Boudaoui, Thuram, Kamara (Atal, 62') - Lopes (Trouillet, 74'), Gouiri, Claude-Maurice (Ndoye, 62'). Manager: Adrian Ursea. 

OL : Lopes - Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer (Benlamri, 80'), Cornet (De Sciglio, 78') - Paqueta, Guimaraes, Aouar (Jean Lucas, 87') - Kadewere (Dembélé, 79'), Memphis (cap.) (Cherki, 87'), Toko Ekambi. Manager: Rudi Garcia. 

 

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