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After OL-Metz: Things come to a stop

Published on 18 January 2021 at 12:00 PM
Après OL - Metz :  Le coup d'arrêt
Olympique Lyonnais lost last night at the Groupama Stadium against FC Metz, their first home loss of the season, ending several months of unbeaten play in the league.

All good things come to an end. That’s what the Lyonnais had to tell each other after the game. However, when the match kicked off, OL had no room for error, with their direct rivals Lille and PSG having won, Rudi Garcia's squad had to emulate them to climb back into first place. Despite a good start which could reassure fans that Les Gones were able to hold up their end of the bargain, FC Metz showed unwavering strength. The Lyon attacks kept coming up short against the Metz defense, even with 23 shots attempted. If the attack was not successful, the defense of Lyon was reassuring, exemplified by Marcelo who made a superb block on the line just before half-time, and all hopes of a victory remained possible.




But as the clock ticked down the situation remained the same, Oukidja and his defenders showed no weakness, and the Lyon attackers lacked precision. However, with a little more success, the fate of the match could have changed but Maxwel Cornet's attempt hit the post and Karl Toko Ekambi's 10th goal of the season was refused for an offside. And it was at the very end of the game that Metz found the breakthrough, putting an end to OL's invincibility at home, as well as their series of 16 unbeaten matches in Ligue 1.

It was also the first time the Memphis' teammates failed to score in their ladt 15 appearances, in a draw against Nimes in September, also at home. Finally, as a reminder that a defeat at Groupama Stadium remains rare, the last team to win there before Metz was Stade Rennais, more than a year ago, in December 2019. After this defeat, the result of which sees Les Gones let slip their place as leader and drop back down to third place, there is some disappointment, but as everyone knows, in football everything moves very quickly and by next Sunday at 11pm, yesterday's defeat could already seem very far away.

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