OL-Angers: What happened in the reverse fixture
November 22, 2020. After a vital victory in the derby two weeks earlier, OL players returned to action in Ligue 1. On the program for Matchday 11 was a never-easy trip to the Raymond Kopa Stadium in Angers. At kick-off, four places -- but only one point -- separated the two teams. Les Gones were aiming for an eighth match without defeat to continue their rise up the table. Rudi Garcia notably started Rayan Cherki and Melvin Bard in an attempt to play with pace and unsettle the Angevin defense.
The first half was very balanced and each of the two teams has its chances. While Lopes was playing magnificently to keep out the opponents' attempts, Kadewere came close to beating Bernardoni. In the second half the tension was ratcheted up a notch, as Stéphane Moulin's men often find themselves in a good position but Antho Lopes was once again decisive. Thanks to their goalkeeper, OL held on and finally found the winner. With 10 minutes remaining, Dubois got onto a ball in the box and crossed acrobatically, playing the ball to Tino Kadewere. The forward controlled with his chest and fired an effort on goal, his shot slipping past the defense and ending up in the net. Angers had a late opportunity to come back to level terms, but Sinaly Diomandé did well to help out his goalkeeper by clearing off his line.
Our Lyonnais thus set off from Anjou with three points and if they did not move from fifth place, they still took advantage of their opponents' missteps to move to within four points of first place.