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OM–OL: What happened in the reverse fixture

Published on 24 February 2021 at 10:00 AM
OM – OL : Ce qu’il s’est passé au match aller
OM and OL meet again this week for the big match of Round 27 in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. We take a look back at the reverse fixture, played at Groupama Stadium at the start of the season.

OL were struggling at the start of the season and are looking to get their league campaign up and running. With only one win over the first five rounds, Les Gones wanted to get a result in what is a classic fixture in the French top flight. For their part, OM were also looking to get back to winning ways. And it was the Marseillais who proved the most dangerous from the opening kick. Well picked out by Thauvin, Payet opened the scoring on fifteen minutes. But OM barely had time to celebrate the goal when Payet was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Léo Dubois with barely 20 minutes played. With a man advantage, OL were showing their quality, and on the half hour Melvin Bard drew a penalty which Houssem Aouar converted. And as this lively half came to an end, Kadewere thought he  had scored his first goal for OL. The forward was indeed on the end of a rebound after a Mandanda save, and tucked the ball into the empty net. Unfortunately, the referee blew for offside before sending the two teams to the locker room on level terms.

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The second act was less open, however, and despite plenty of chances for Lyon, the score didn't change, even when Memphis came on to try to lift what had been an inefficient Lyon side. After a dazzling run, he could have even hoped for an assist, if Thiago Mendes had not hit the post with his effort. Despite a one-sided second half, OM snatched a point at the Groupama Stadium, a bitter result for Anthony Lopes and his teammates' standing in the league.



Since then, the form of both teams has changed plenty -- OL have become unbeatable away from home and are on the podium, while the Marseillais have had an eventful winter and are trying to move back into the European places.

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