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OL-Montpellier: A measure of revenge

Published on 12 February 2021 at 8:00 AM
OL - Montpellier : des revanches à prendre
Saturday's match against Montpellier will be the first of a run of three matches against opponents against whom OL stumbled and dropped points in the reverse fixture: MHSC, Brest and Marseille. Here's a look back at these three matches.

Montpellier–OL: A defeat to forget

The former OL player, Jordan Ferri, recently told us  "This OL team is not the same as the one at the start of the season". However, Montpellier can boast of being one of the two teams to have beaten OL this season. Michel Der Zakarian's men got one over on Les Gones on September 15, the club's third match of the season. Téji Savanier scored twice on what would bea dark evening, one which had seen Houssem Aouar sent off just before half-time. Today the form of the two teams is very different and if the Lyonnais would seem to be favorites, the reverse fixture should remind them that the Héraultais club are always capable of springing a surprise.

 

OL–Marseille: A frustrating draw

A few weeks after their defeat in Montpellier, OL are still not at their best. A home win over one of their historic rivals would have been a good way to relaunch the season, though. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned, with Dimitri Payet opening the scoring within the match's first 15 minutes. Hope was revived, however, when Payet was then sent off a few minutes later. With over an hour to go and a man advantage, Les Gones could hope for a victory, especially when Melvin Bard drew a penalty shortly before the 30th minute, which was converted by Houssem Aouar. But despite Lyon's relentless waves of attacks, a lack of finishing deprived Rudi Garcia's team of a result that would have been more than welcome.

 

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OL–Brest: Two points dropped

Unlike the two previous examples, this match against Brest came during what had been a good run for OL: five consecutive wins, the last of which came at the Parc des Princes against a PSG side who were then leader of Ligue 1, and it was thus a team full of confidence which welcomes the Breton side. Brest, however, opened the scoring, thanks to an unfortunate touch off the back of Lopes, and then held off OL until the 68th minute. In less than a quarter of an hour Les Gones had equalized, then taken the lead, while Paul Lasne had been sent off, leaving his teammates playing with ten men. What seemed a sure result didn't count on Les Brestois playing with motivation; they obtained a penalty in the last few seconds. After a first attempt was heroically saved by our keeper, the referee felt Anthony Lopes had come off his line early, and gave the visitors a second chance, and this time they converted. OL dropped two points and left Lille in sole possession of top spot in Ligue 1.

 

 

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