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OL-Nice : What happened in the reverse fixture

Published on 20 May 2021 at 10:30 AM

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OL-Nice : Ce qu'il s'est passé la dernière fois
After a draw at home against Brest, OL won 4-1 in Nice in the reverse fixture on Matchday 16. It was a victory which allowed them to temporarily go top of the league; here's a look back on this match.

The Lyonnais had arrived at the Allianz Riviera in December in fine form. They were on a run of five wins and a draw over their last six games. Confident in his players, Rudi Garcia played an eleven which was quite similar to the one who had featured in the team's matches. The Niçois, for their part, played in a 3-4-3.

After a balanced start to the match, the Lyonnais were the first to score, out thanks to their speed in attack. A penalty won by Tino Kadewere allowed Memphis Depay to open the scoring with a perfectly executed panenka (0-1, 32’). Shortly thereafter, the Zimbabwe international took advantage to take the ball off of Hicham Boudaoui, finding himself one-on-one against Walter Benitez, neatly winning his duel against the Nice goalkeeper. (0-1, 39’). OL thought they had the match under control, but after a careless error, the former Lyonnais Amine Gouiri gave hope to his team. Just before half-time he got on to a cross to put the ball out of the reach of Anthony Lopes. (1-2, 44’). Coming back from the locker room, OGC Nice monopolized possession, but to little effect, while OL sat deep with a three-man midfield, trying to play on the counter. Lyon's third goal was a reflection of this, as Memphis played in Tino Kadewere, who played in Karl Toko Ekambi for a simple finish (1-3, 63’). After the team had doubled their lead, Houssem Aouar then sealed the fate of this match by prodding home over a strong cross from Dubois  which had been poorly cleared by Benitez (1-4, 73’). OL moved into top spot in Ligue 1 Uber Eats ahead of Lille and Paris facing off.

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