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Nîmes-OL: What happened in the reverse fixture

Published on 13 May 2021 at 9:00 AM

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Nîmes - OL : Ce qu'il s'est passé au match aller
Before facing Pascal Plancque’s Nîmes Olympique in the 37th and penultimate round of Ligue 1 Uber Eats, we look back on the goalless draw between the Lyonnais and the Nîmois in the season's first half.

On September 18, Olympique Lyonnais hosted Nîmes Olympique in the 4th round of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. The Lyonnais came into this match after a mixed start to the season. The squad had come out of a grueling Champions League Final 8 to record a victory against Dijon, a draw against Bordeaux and a loss against Montpellier over the first three rounds. The objective was therefore to get back on track against a team that, on paper, seemed inferior. Nîmes, for their part, had started the season with a fine 4-0 victory against Brest before experiencing two successive losses, against Nantes and Rennes.

Rudi Garcia made the choice of a playing a 4-4-2 with a defense composed of Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer and the youngster Bard. The midfield, without Thiago Mendes, Houssem Aouar or Lucas Paqueta, who had yet to join the club, was consisted of Cherki, Caqueret, Guimaraes and Maxwel Cornet. On the attacking side,  Moussa Dembélé, who was playing one of his last games this season before his loan to Atletico Madrid, partnered captain Memphis Depay.

It was Nîmes who were dangerous first, starting in the third minute of play following a burst forward by Ferhat on the right flank -- his cross  fell to the feet of Fomba who missed his shot,  in what was a letoff for OL. The Lyonnais responded quickly through Cornet who,  after being picked out by Memphis, saw his first effort saved before missing the target with his second attempt, this time with his weaker foot, leaving the match scoreless at the interval.

Back from the locker room, Rayan Cherki played in Maxence Caqueret who found Moussa Dembélé in the center. The French striker slotted home but his goal was disallowed because the ball had gone out. The last chance of the meeting also fell to Lyon. It was Sinaly Diomandé who forced Baptiste Reynet into a save from a cross by Memphis Depay, a last attempt in vain for the Lyonnais as the match finished scoreless.


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