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OL-PSG: An evening to forget (2-4)

Published on 21 March 2021 at 9:00 PM
OL - PSG : Une soirée à oublier (2-4)
OL welcomed Paris Saint-Germain to conclude Matchday 30 in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. The match pitted second against third in the league, with a chance to overtake leaders Lille, who had been defeated by Nîmes earlier in the day. After falling behind 4-0, OL reacted well, but it was too late to avoid what was a regrettable defeat.

Key moments

5'. Lopes makes a reflex stop on a close range strike from Kean.
6'. Paqueta is denied by Navas on Lyon's first attempt.
15'. Despite a big save by Lopes, Mbappé follows up the rebound and opens the scoring. 0-1
26'. Memphis is slightly short of getting on to a ball from Paqueta and Navas is able to claim.
31'. Danilo Pereira doubles the lead. 0-2
47'. Di Maria hits a free kick that no one claims, and the bounce of the ball deceives Lopes. 0-3
51'. After a big chance for Lyon Mbappé goes on the counter-attack and beats Anthony Lopes. 0-4.
62'. Breaking into the area, Slimani takes his chance and reduces the deficit. 1-4
68'. Lopes intervenes again to deny Mbappé.
80'. A superb pass from Cherki to Cornet sees the Ivorian beat Navas. 2-4
83'. Lyon have a double opportunity! Navas makes saves first from Slimani and then Caqueret.

 

Match summary

After a surprise defeat on the part of Lille ahead of the match, OL-PSG would see the winner  take top spot in the league heading into the international break. The two teams played with a degree of caution in the first minutes before first Kean and then Paqueta each put Lopes and Navas to the test. Paris gradually took control of the game the play of Di Maria and Mbappé soon came to hurt the hosts. At the quarter of an hour of play, despite a superb save from our Lopes, Mbappé managed to slip the ball between his legs to open the scoring. OL had tried to react but lacked a finishing touch in the final third. PSG took advantage of this lack of being clinical and doubled the lead through Pereira on 31 minutes. The Parisians would return to the locker room with a two-goal advantage.

 

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At the start of the second half, OL were caught cold, first by a free kick from Di Maria, then by Mbappé soon after Toko Ekambi had forced Navas into a nice save a few seconds earlier. Rudi Garcia then rang the changes, making a triple substitution just before the hour mark. The effects of the substitutes were soon felt as Les Gones became more dangerous and Slimani even scored his first league goal to reduce the deficit. OL were in a hurry to get back in the game, but had to wait to score a second goal until a fine pass from Cherki found Cornet who did not hesitate to beat Navas. The Lyonnais then gave everything to stage an improbable comeback, but unfortunately the Parisian goalkeeper continued to have a great night and repelled efforts from Slimani and Caqueret. OL ended up losing 4-2 as their opponent on the evening took top spot in the league.

 

Match details

At Groupama Stadium, Décines

L1 (Round 30) OL - PSG 2-4 (0-2)

Referee: Clément Turpin. Attendance: Behind closed doors

Bookings: Kadewere (39'), Diomandé (90') for OL.

Goals: Mbappé (15', 51'), Danilo Pereira (31'), Di Maria (46') for PSG. Slimani (62'), Cornet (80') for OL.

OL: Lopes - De Sciglio, Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet - Paqueta, Mendes (Dubois 56'), Caqueret - Kadewere (Guimarães, 56'), Toko Ekambi (Cherki, 73'), Memphis (cap.) (Slimani 56').

PSG: Navas - Florenzi (Dagba, 85'), Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Diallo - Gueye (Herrera, 85'), Danilo, Verratti - Di Maria, Kean (Draxler, 90'), Mbappé (Neymar, 69').

 

 

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