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OL-Lille: What happened in the reverse fixture

Published on 22 April 2021 at 3:00 PM
OL - Lille : ce qu'il s'est passé au match aller
Before their match as part of Matchday 34 in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, we look back at the reverse fixture between OL and Lille.

It was November 1, 2020 and despite a middling start to the season, OL headed to the Stade Pierre Mauroy on two consecutive wins, against Strasbourg and Monaco, knowing a third against LOSC would certainly launch Lyon's season. Their opponent would be a Lille side that were still unbeaten but dealing with a busy fixture list owing to the Europa League.

For this match, Rudi Garcia would be deprived of Jason Denayer and started the youngster Sinaly Diomandé alongside Marcelo in central defense. For the opponents, Christophe Galtier picked his first-choice team.

After a tentative start, Lille had the first goal, as Burak Yilmaz played in Jonathan Bamba, who took his chance from outside the area and beat Anthony Lopes in the 20th minute. A few moments later, it was Burak Yilmaz again who unleashed a heavy shot, but this time our goalkeeper answered the call to keep the opponents' lead to one. The Lyonnais were beginning to dominate and did everything they could to equalize. Their efforts were finally rewarded just before half-time when Houssem Aouar, perfectly picked out by Thiago Mendes, saw his shot deflected into his own goal by Zeki Celik, and the two teams returned to the locker room on level terms.

 

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The turning point of the match came at the start of the second half. Given a second yellow card, Marcelo left his teammates playing with ten men. Deprived of one of their leaders, Les Gones were nevertheless extremely united to keep a point against a Lille side who were determined to win. But Anthony Lopes and Djamel Benlamri, who came off the bench for his first match with OL, were decisive despite their team being reduced to ten. Come the end of the match, OL only took one point but continued their unbeaten run against one of their rivals in the league, preparing well for the derby the following week.

 

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