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OL-Nantes: Leader for the holidays! (3-0)

Published on 23 December 2020 at 9:00 PM
OL - Nantes : Les fêtes dans le fauteuil de leader ! (3-0)
OL are the "autumn champions" thanks to their 3-0 victory over FC Nantes on Matchday 17 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Dominant throughout after having put themselves quickly in front, the Lyonnais extended their unbeaten run, with this victory allowing them to finish the calendar year in top spot!

Key moments

4'. Goal by Toko Ekambi who takes advantage of beautiful combination play between Memphis and Aouar. 1-0.
7'. Lafont saves from Memphis at close range.
9'. A half volley from Memphis goes just over.
37'. Goal by Kadewere, who tucks home a rebound of a shot by Paqueta which had been saved by Lafont. 2-0.
44'. Goal by Paqueta on a magnificent cutback from Kadewere. 3-0.
50'. Chance for Memphis who stumbles against Lafont after being played in by Aouar.
52'. Another big save from Lafont against Aouar.
55'. Memphis has a chance after a superb bit of skill but Lafont manages to deny him.
63'. Great double stop from Lopes on a header by Castelletto.
70'. Two big chances, first for Kadewere then Aouar.
84'. Incredible miss by Memphis on a cross from Aouar.
90 + 2'. Block by Denayer on his line.
90 + 2'. Memphis again comes short against Lafont.


Match summary

What would await OL come the end of the evening if they turned in a strong performance? For this 17th Matchday in Ligue 1, the last of 2020, they could spend the holiday season warm, and more importantly at the top of the table. For that, the Lyonnais had to beat Nantes and do better than Lille, who had a challenging match away to Montpellier. It only took four minutes of play for the host to start asserting their ambitions as Karl Toko Ekambi was again among the goals. After a start to the match in line with the team's recent performances, Memphis teammates, as the pace of the match dropped, had a little more trouble in the game and Les Canaris regained confidence. Tino Kadewere, however, hadn't lost his and scored the goal to double the lead, breathing new life into the match as Lucas Paqueta took the opportunity to score his first in Lyon colors just before the break.

Very clinical during the first period, Lyon created several chances in quick succession after the interval, but Lafont played well his team not to sink completely. Rudi Garcia’s men were much less effective and the scoreboard remained at 3-0 for the time being. Aouar, Memphis, Kadewere then Cherki ... all tried to drive the point home to aid the team's goal differential, but in the end three goals  were enough to overtake Lille, who won 3-2, and take control of Ligue 1 thanks to their improved goal difference. Autumn Champions!


Match details

At Groupama Stadium, Décines.

L1 (J17): OL-Football Club de Nantes 3-0 (3-0)

Referee: Ruddy Buquet. Attendance: closed doors.

Goals: Toko Ekambi (4'), Kadewere (37'), Paqueta (44') for OL.

Bookings: Marcelo (14') for OL. Coco (34'), Abeid (56'), Pallois (68') for Nantes. 

OL: Lopes - Dubois (Diomande, 89'), Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet (De Sciglio, 70') - Paqueta (Guimaraes, 70'), Mendes, Aouar - Kadewere (Soumaré, 89'), Memphis (cap.), Toko Ekambi (Cherki, 71'). Manager: Rudi Garcia. 

NantesLafont - Corchia, Castelletto, Pallois (cap.), Appiah - Coco (Coulibaly, 60'), Abeid (Touré, 80'), Girotto, Chirivella (Louza, 60'), Bamba (Simon, 59') - Muani (Ndilu, 90+1'). Manager: Patrick Collot. 


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