OL-Lorient: OL are provisionally back on the podium (4-1)
1'. First chance for Lyon as Rayan Cherki's header passes over the bar.
15'. Karl Toko Ekambi breaks into area, but his left-footed effort is off-target.
19'. A shot by Le Fée ends up in the arms of Anthony Lopes.
21'. A strike from Houssem Aouar from the edge of the area goes just wide.
23'. Moffi plays in Wissa on the break, resulting in a one-on-one against Anthony Lopes, but his shot is over the bar.
39'. Tino Kadewere takes the ball and runs in alone against Nardi, but the Lorient goalkeeper makes a double save before Abergel clears.
53'. Goal by Houssem Aouar who finishes after a magnificent sequence of play involving Rayan Cherki to beat Nardi.
58'. Double chance for Lyon with shots by first Bruno Guimaraes and then Maxwel Cornet, both blocked by Nardi.
65'. Goal by Lucas Paqueta who nets a header after a deflected shot by Toko Ekambi.
71'. Goal by Bruno Guimaraes from the penalty spot.
77'. Bruno Guimaraes scores again following a one-two with Islam Slimani. The Brazilian finds himself one on one against Nardi and makes no mistake.
83'. Monconduit scores, cutting in from the left to find the top corner.
Now back in the race for the podium, and provisionally in a qualifying place for next season's Champions League after a late victoryaway to AS Monaco (2-3), the Lyonnais were back in action at home against a Lorient side struggling for survival. Galvanized by the supporters present for the arrival of the team bus at Groupama Stadium, we were hoping to see a convincing start to the match from our Lyonnais. In only the first minute, Rayan Cherki had a chance after some fine play by Lucas Paqueta, but his header couldn't find the target. Karl Toko Ekambi then continued this good momentum, breaking into the area, using a nice bit of skill to create space and followed by a nice bit of skill and then a left-footed effort that flashed past the post (15’). The Lorientais, though, were quick to respond, with a shot from distance by Le Fée, well read by Anthony Lopes, resulting in the first Breton opportunity (19’). After a missed shot by Houssem Aouar (21’), it was, however, FC Lorient who had the next big opportunity on the counter as Wissa was played in by Moffi. The Breton striker was one-on-one against Anthony Lopes, but the goalkeeper did well come out to prevent him from getting his attempt on target (23’). OL had another chance, though only minutes before the break thorugh Tino Kadewere after a ball recovered by Lucas Paqueta. Trying to break the deadlock against Nardi, the Zimbabwean was stopped by the Lorient goalkeeper, who saved twice against him, before Abergel cleared a third shot from Lyon (39'). The two teams then head for the locker room with the match goalless (0-0).
The start of the second half would quickly turn in favor of the Lyonnais. On a pass from Rayan Cherki, Houssem Aouar responded with a magnificent bit of skill in the area to turn the Lorient defender; the number 8 then beat Nardi for the opener (1-0, 53’). The Lyonnais would continue their assault on the Breton goal, with a double chance following strikes from first Bruno Guimaraes then Maxwel Cornet, both blocked by Nardi (58’). At that point, though OL would press hard to secure the victory. First through Lucas Paqueta, who scored with a header after a deflected effort by Karl Toko Ekambi (2-0, 65’). Then, it was Bruno Guimaraes time: the Brazilian soon won a penalty, which he converted on his second attempt (3-0, 71’). he then followed that a magnificent one-two with Islam Slimani, which allowed the Brazilian to calmly score his second goal of the game (4-0, 77’). The Lorientais tried to react at the end of the match, as their goal differential will probably be important to their survival in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Thomas Monconduit, with a magnificent strike from the edge of the area, allowed the Bretons to salvage a bit of honor (4-1, 83’). By pocketing all three points against Lorient, the Lyonnais temporarily moved into third place, synonymous with qualification for the Champions League, before the Monegasques play against Stade de Reims on Sunday, delivering a very good performance to put pressure on AS Monaco.
At Groupama Stadium, Décines-Charpieu.
L1 (Matchday 36): OL-FC Lorient 4-1 (0-0)
Referee: Mikaël Lesage. Attendance: Behind closed doors.
Goals: Aouar (53'), Paqueta (65'), Guimaraes (71', 77') for OL; Monconduit (83') for Lorient.
Bookings: Guimaraes (18'), Aouar (41') for OL; Lemoine (69'), Hamel (79') for Lorient.
OL: Lopes - Dubois (cap.) (Gusto, 90'), Diomande, De Sciglio, Cornet - Bruno G. (Keita, 85'), Aouar (Thiago Mendes, 60') - Toko Ekambi (Soumaré, 90'), Paqueta, Cherki - Kadewere (Slimani, 46'). Remplaçants : Pollersbeck, Lukeba, Ozkacar, Da Silva. Manager: Rudi Garcia.
Lorient: Nardi - Hergault (Lauriente, 64'), Chalobah, Gravillon, Morel, Le Goff - Abergel, Lemoine (cap.) (Monconduit, 73'), Le Fée - Wissa (Grbic, 72'), Moffi (Hamel, 73'). Remplaçants : Dreyer, Mendes, Diarra, Mouyokolo, Wadja. Manager: Christophe Pélissier.