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Reims-OL: A frustrating draw (1-1)

Published on 12 March 2021 at 9:00 PM
Reims - OL : Un nul frustrant (1-1)
OL were in action in Reims for Matchday 29 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. After their win against Rennes last week, Les Gones would now have to confirm their title ambitions away from home.

Key moments

14'. De Sciglio has an effort from afar, it is punched clear by Rajkovic, deflecting to Aouar who can't find the target.
15'. Berisha does not trouble Lopes on a strike from 20 meters.
19'. Dia tries a shot in the area and forces Lopes into a nice save.
26'. Aouar has an effort from outside the area, without causing problems for the goalkeeper.
34'. Mathieu Cafaro opens the scoring. 1-0
41'. A beautiful sequence of play by Paqueta ends with his shot off target.
49'. Paqueta then Toko Ekambi test Rajkovic, who keeps his side in the lead.
57'. Lopes is decisive again in keeping out a strike from Munetsi.
68'. Memphis shoots from the edge of the box but sees his shot fly wide.
81'. Rajkovic is again imperious on an attempt by Cornet.
88'. Memphis tries again but his shot only grazes the post.
90 + 2'. Tino Kadewere saves OL with a superb header. 1-1

 

Match summary

Ten days after their victory against Rennes, OL returned to action in Ligue 1 with a trip to Reims. With the possibility of finding themselves at the top of Ligue 1 with a victory, the Lyonnais could put pressure on their direct rivals ahead of their matches on Sunday. Rudi Garcia's men quickly took the game by the scruff of the neck, but neither De Sciglio nor Aouar could end Rajkovic's vigilance in goal. Reims then took advantage of this lack of a goal and half an hour into the match Mathieu Cafaro left no chance for Lopes, giving the hosts the lead with a well-struck volley. The teams then returned to the locker room with a one-goal advantage for Stade de Reims.

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OL came back in the second half full of attacking intentions as the coach made three changes from the restart. Quickly, Paqueta, and then Toko Ekambi stung Rajkovic's gloves, but again without success. Reims were thereafter content to defend deep to keep a clean sheet and the result, while their goalkeeper continued to play a blinder, this time stopping an attempt from Maxwel Cornet. It was finally in stoppage time that Tino Kadewerere got his teammates a point, equalizing with a very fine header. OL still will regret having dropped two points at the end of the match, having missed an opportunity to regain top spot in the standings.

 

Match details

At Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims.

Ligue 1 (Matchday 29). Reims-OL 1-1 (1-0)

Referee: Jérôme Brisard. Attendance: Behind closed doors

Bookings: Memphis (32') for OL. Cafaro (41'), Abdelhamid (59'), Muntetsi (66') for Reims.

Goals: Cafaro (34') for Reims. Kadewere (90+2) for OL.

Reims: Rajkovic - Foket, Faes, Abdelhamid (cap), Konan - Chavalerin, Berisha (Touré, 65'), Munetsi - Mbuku, Cafaro (Doucouré, 73') , Dia (Zeneli, 73').

OL: Lopes - Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, De Sciglio (Cornet, 46') - Mendes, Paqueta (Slimani, 65'), Aouar (Caqueret, 46') - Cherki (Kadewere, 46'), Toko Ekambi, Memphis (cap).

 

 

 

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