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OL – Brøndby: A class apart

Published on 02 March 2021 at 10:30 AM
OL – Brøndby : Une classe d’écart
Five years after their first confrontation, OL and Brøndby face each other again in the Champions League.

In 2007, OL played the first European campaign in their history. Five years later they had already reached three finals and won their first Champions League the previous year, in 2011. In this new format of the competition, the Lyonnaises started in the Round of 32. After the first two rounds, they had already scored 24 goals against none conceded, and thus came to the quarterfinals against Brøndby as favorites. This status was one that the players of Patrice Lair would assume perfectly -- against the Danes they offered up two fine displays.



The first took place at the Stade de Gerland where in 2007, the Lyonnaises played in front of less than 1000 people, here they  were supported by almost 10,000 spectators who came to cheer them on. For this first leg, OL started strong and opened the scoring in the eighth minute with Camille Abily, before Sonia Bompastor, Dickenmann and then Louisa Necib added to the score to allow Lyon to gain an advantage, one that had nearly sealed the tie before the return leg in Denmark.

 

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A week later, OL headed to Denmark and inflicted the same result on their opponents: 4-0. This time the scorers were Abily, Thomis and Le Sommer, who notched a double. Thanks to this victory, Jean-Michel Aulas's club were in the semifinals without having conceded a goal. Come the end of the competition, they won their second consecutive Champions League with an incredible record of 39 goals scored against just one conceded in nine matches in the competition.

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