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OL-Metz: The run is over (0-1)

Published on 17 January 2021 at 9:00 PM
OL - Metz : Fin de série (0-1)
OL lost 1-0 to Metz on the 20th Matchday of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. During a very lively match with plenty of chances, Lyon lacked efficiency and a clinical touch before conceding in the final seconds. This defeat also prevents them from recovering top spot.

Key moments

36'. Shot across goal from Toko Ekambi which Oukidja manages to save.
36'. Delaine has an effort from just outside the area.
38'. Another attempt, again off target by Toko Ekambi, who was well found by Memphis.
40'. Toko Ekambi's left-footed shot was off target after a nice bit of skill.
42'. A big chance for Metz in the Lyon area as a goal was saved by first the post and then a clearance by Marcelo.
52'. Chance for Kadewere after a superb bit of one-touch play.
70'. Cornet's shot from the right forces Oukidja into a diving save.
72'. Caqueret shoots over the bar.
74'. Toko Ekambi's goal is unfairly denied by VAR...
85'. A triple opportunity and double save by the Metz 'keeper from the feet of Memphis then Aouar.
87'. A header for Metz sails just side.
89'. Sarr hits the crossbar with a powerful strike.
90'. Goal by Leya Iseka which leaves Lopes stranded. 0-1.


Match summary

OL knew what they had to do to get back top spot. After the narrow wins by Paris and Lille earlier in the weekend, Rudi Garcia's team had no other choice than to win against Metz to extend their domination in Ligue 1. But the reception of Les Grenats was hardly a given. The two teams, started the match neutralizing each other for long spells of play. Then suddenly, just after the half hour mark, everything accelerated, intensified. Toko Ekambi had three chances to put his side in front on the scoreboard, although Metz responded tit-for-tat. But ultimately no one would find the opening goal during a very lively first half.


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The pause for halftime did not in any way affect the desires of the 22 players. The start of the second half was largely one-way traffic but Lyon had not yet managed to take advantage of their domination, despite some good phases of play, coming face to face with a resolute Metz side.  OL had to keep pushing, looking to score a precious goal. They thought they had… but the goal was disallowed for a very contentious offside. The coach had brought on Cornet, Cherki and debutant Slimani to make the difference. The match now at a frantic pace, the chances multiplied but Oukidja remained a last, impassable obstacle. Metz were not to be outdone, though, and eventually scored the winning goal in the last minute of normal time. Now 3rd, two points back of the leaders, OL saw the end of their long unbeaten run, losing to spot in the process.

Match details

At Groupama Stadium, Décines. 

L1 (J20): OL - Football Club de Metz 0-1 (0-0)

Referee: Stéphanie Frappart. Attendance: behind closed doors

Goals: Leya Iseka (90') for Metz. 

Bookings: Dubois (27') for OL. Boye (27'), Kouyaté (86'), Leya Iseka (90+1') for Metz. 

OL: Lopes - Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, De Sciglio (Cornet, 68') - Paqueta (Aouar, 67'), Mendes, Caqueret (Guimaraes, 90+2') - Kadewere (Slimani, 76'), Memphis (cap.), Toko Ekambi (Cherki, 76'). Manager: Rudi Garcia. 

MetzOukidja - Bronn, Delaine (Udol, 54'), Centonze, Boye (cap.), Kiki - Angban (Sarr, 76'), Boulaya, Maiga - Gueye (Leya Iseka, 61'), Vagner (Yade, 61'). Manager: Frédéric Antonetti. 


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