ASSE-OL: A historic display! (0-5)
2'. A first opportunity for Moueffek who comes close to opening the scoring.
4'. A powerful shot from Memphis is barely saved by Moulin.
5'. Kadewere's volleyed is claimed by Moulin at a corner.
15'. Mendes can't get his header on target from a beautiful cross by Memphis.
16'. Goal by Kadewere from a corner taken by Memphis. 0-1.
23'. De Sciglio's powerful shot crashes off the bar.
33'. Toko Ekambi comes up short against Moulin.
36'. Marcelo scores from Dubois' free kick. 0-2.
56'. Nordin's shot hits the post.
59'. Goal again on a header by Marcelo, once again from Dubois. 0-3.
68'. Kadewere scores with fine bit of skill. 0-4.
82'. Own goal by Bouanga on a free kick from Memphis. 0-5.
84'. Moulin makes a big save to tip Toko Ekambi's curling effort away.
87'. A clever turn from Slimani but he can't beat Moulin.
A derby to catch up, a derby to keep some distance from the chasing pack. Pressured by wins from Paris and Lille ahead of them and Monaco behind, OL, who would end the weekend in third no matter what, had to take advantage of this visit to their regional rival to resume their march forward. Despite the absence of many players on each side, the derby started strong, very strong. There was no time to settle as things started with four great chances in just four minutes, including three for OL who gradually imposed themselves on the match. It wasn't long before they made good on their start to the match thanks to the hero of the reverse fixture, Tino Kadewere. Memphis and teammates were hungry, though, and refused to relent, coming close to a second as a powerful shot from De Sciglio crashed off the bar before Marcelo doubled the lead at a set piece. Apart from that wobble in the game's first seconds, the Stéphanois had barely challenged the visitors as halftime arrived.
But they came back showing a different side of their game. Sharper, and more aggressive, Les Verts did manage to earn themselves some chances, but it was not enough to call into question Lyon's domination, which continued with a third goal through… Marcelo! This 122nd derby had become a one-way affair. OL even scored a fourth goal, with Kadewere joining his teammate in scoring a double. To cap things off, OL took advantage of Bouanga's own goal to record a simply historic win, which matches the same fixture in 2017!
At Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne.
L1 (Round 21): AS Saint-Etienne-OL 0-5 (0-2)
Referee: Benoît Bastien. Attendance: Behind closed doors
Goals: Kadewere (16', 68'), Marcelo (36', 59'), Bouanga (og) (82') for OL.
Bookings: Guimaraes (23') for OL. Kolodziejczak (53'), Hamouma (75'), Bouanga (85') for ASSE.
ASSE: Moulin (cap.) - Sissoko (Nordi, 46'), M.Camara, Kolodziejczak, Trauco (Sow, 69') - Moueffek, Gourna, Neyou (Youssouf, 76'), Gabard (Bouanga, 46') - Abi (Aouchiche, 69'), Hamouma. Manager: Claude Puel.
OL: Lopes - Dubois (Bard, 89'), Marcelo, Denayer, De Sciglio - Caqueret, Mendes (Diomande, 86'), Guimaraes (Gusto, 90') - Kadewere (Slimani, 85'), Memphis (cap.), Toko Ekambi (Cherki, 86'). Manager: Rudi Garcia.