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After Brest-OL: Sometimes down but never out

Published on 20 February 2021 at 3:00 PM
Après Brest - OL : Avantage parfois contesté mais jamais perdu
With a three-goal lead at the break, OL were able to hold off a great Brest side to take all three points.

Yes, we had to fight until the last seconds of the match to weather the Brest storm. A nervy end to the match could perhaps have been avoided with a little more quality in the final third. But the resilience that the team showed through thick and thin was by no means a surprise or an exception. The numbers are there to prove it: Lyon are perfect when they take the lead. They opened the scoring for the 14th time this season in Ligue 1, something which was seen the club record... 14 victories! They are quite simply the only team in the top flight to have done as well when scoring first.

 

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After a perfect first period which would have seemed to wipe out the enthusiasm of Stade Brestois, OL had executed things perfectly to take a three-goal lead. But an early goal for the host at the start of the second half and above all failure to make good on some presentable chances to kill off the match mean that a goal from the Bretons to pull it back to 2-3 in the 75th minute removed the possibility of a quiet end to the match, as the team squandered several chances for Toko Ekambi or Memphis, who had hit the post just a few seconds beforehand. This victory mind allowed the team to  show two sides to itself that will be essential for the future, which coach Rudi Garcia appreciated: “I liked how we played in the first half and I liked how we played in the second while under pressure."

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