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ASSE-OL: What happened in the reverse fixture

Published on 19 January 2021 at 10:20 AM
ASSE - OL : ce qu'il s'est passé au match aller
As the second derby of the season approaches, we look back at the first match between the two teams this season, at Groupama Stadium.

Despite the lack of supporters, a big match atmosphere could easily be felt that November evening. OL had slowly but surely began their climb up the standings and had in mind the derby as a real starting point to keep their momentum. However from the first moments of the match, the Stéphanois were dangerous, forcing Anthony Lopes into a fine save. The pace of the game continued to be fairly quick, as the two teams exchanged attacks, and Moussa Dembélé even thought he had scored the first goal, and then a second, but each was denied for offside. Saint-Etienne then took advantage of Lyon’s bad luck and a mistake by their goalkeeper to open the scoring shortly before half-time.

 

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Upon returning from the locker room, Memphis and his teammates had to react, and Rudi Garcia made a triple change in the 57th minute, with Tino Kadewere in particular making his entry. A few minutes later the striker was on the end of a free-kick combination and equalized with a backheel, and the teams were back on level terms. Shortly thereafter, Karl Toko Ekambi hit the post before Kadewere scored again, becoming the hero of the match: the Zimbabwean burst forward on the right side of the Stéphanois defense and again beat Jessy Moulin to give the lead to his teammates. But ASSE won a potentially decisive penalty as the game drew to a close. Denis Bouanga, who had been involved in the opening goal, took it upon himself to shoot… but missed the target! OL held on and won the most important match of the season for their supporters, while Kadewere became the team's saviour, a few days after dreaming of a double in this very special match.

 

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