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OL-Nice: Lyon will play in the Europa League (2-3)

Published on 23 May 2021 at 9:00 PM
OL - Nice : Les Lyonnais joueront l'Europa League (2-3)
Olympique Lyonnais hosted OGC Nice for the 38th and final matchday of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. By falling, 3 goals to 2 against the Niçois, OL remained in fourth place in the league, synonymous with a place in the Europa League next season.

Key moments

6'. Houssem Aouar plays in Memphis who cuts inside and shoots, but his effort is over the bar.
14'. Goal by Karl Toko Ekambi. On a corner, Memphis crosses to Karl Toko Ekambi, who gives OL the lead. 1-0
20'. Dolberg gets the ball with his back to goal and plays in Rony Lopes who shoots, but Anthony Lopes keeps it out.
21'. Another effort by Rony Lopes, again denied by Anthony Lopes.
27'. Dolberg scores as Lees-Melou makes a fine cross in front of the goal and Dolberg slips the ball into the net. 1-1
33'. Léo Dubois picks out Marcelo from a free kick, but the centre back's header is kept out by Benitez.
39'. Gouiri sends in a ball to the far post. Dolberg tries to finish but Anthony Lopes comes out to save with his feet.
40'. Goal by Karl Toko Ekambi. Memphis turn his marker in the area and crosses for the forward who finishes with a header from close range. 2-1
43'. Houssem Aouar is released Karl Toko Ekambi and slots home, but the Cameroonian is flagged off.
50'. Kamara scores from a corner, as the ball is only partially cleared; Kamara controls and finishes with a powerful shot. 2-2
57'. Goal by Saliba. On an free kick from Gouiri, Saliba heads Nice into the lead. 2-3
62'. Memphis' free kick is claimed by Benitez.
84'. Mattia De Sciglio picks out Islam Slimani in the penalty area. The Algerian has an effort, but it flies over the bar.


Match summary

After an impressive win in Nîmes last weekend (5-2), the Lyonnais were in action at Groupama Stadium to end the season, in a crucial match for the race for the podium, and with it, qualification for the Champions League. From the outset, Rudi Garcia's side had the best chances, through their captain, Memphis. The Dutchman, played in by Houssem Aouar, cut inside and had a shot, which passed over the bar (6’). Karl Toko Ekambi, though was the first to capitalize on this good start to the match. On a corner, Memphis crossed to the Cameroonian, who headed home to open the scoring and put the Lyonnais on the right track (1-0, 14’). Nice responded, though, through Rony Lopes. On a ball controlled by Dolberg with his back to goal, he played in the former Monegasque player, who tried his luck but Anthony Lopes kept his effort out (20’). He had another effort a minute later, which Anthony Lopes blocked with his foot (21’). This surge from the Riviera club eventually culminated in an equalizer from Dolberg, who turned home a good cross from Lees-Melou behind the defense, slipping the ball into the net (1-1, 27’). The match was open at both ends, though. On a Léo Dubois free kick, Marcelo saw his header head towards the goal but Benitez turned it away (33’). The Niçois responded through Gouiri who tried to release Dolberg, but Anthony Lopes came out well at the feet of the Dane to intervene (39’). Eventually, it was Lyon who were to gain the advantage before the break. On another pass from Memphis, who had beaten his defender, Karl Toko Ekambi  scored at the back post with a header (2-1, 40’). The Rhone side thought they had doubled the lead three minutes later, when Houssem Aouar scored, but Karl Toko Ekambi, who had passed to the midfielder, was flagged offside (43’).


Adrian Ursea’s players would react immediately after the break. Kamara controlled from a corner that was poorly cleared and beat Anthony Lopes (2-2, 50’). Looking sharper in this second period,  Nice would then go ahead for the first time in the match. On a free kick from the left by Gouiri, Saliba home from close range to give his team the lead (2-3, 57’). Memphis tried to start the Lyon comeback with a free kick, but it was easily gathered by Benitez (62’). Rayan Cherki, who had just entered the game, crossed well in front of goal, but no one was able to reach his ball (70’). Creating very few chances at the end of the match, the Lyonnais could not find an equalizer, despite the changes made by Rudi Garcia.  The loss meant that the team finished in fourth place, synonymous with a place in the Europa League next season .


Match details

At Groupama Stadium, Décines-Charpieu.

L1 (Round 38):  OL-OGC Nice 2-3 (2-1)

Referee: Benoit Millot. Attendance: Behind closed doors

Goals: Karl Toko Ekambi (14', 40') for OL; Dolberg (27'), Kamara (50'), Saliba (57') for Nice.

Bookings: Marcelo (56') for OL ; Thuram (45+2'), Todibo (65') for Nice.

OL: Lopes - Dubois (De Sciglio, 74'), Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet - Bruno G. (Slimani, 61'), Caqueret (T. Mendes, 67') - Toko Ekambi, Paqueta, Aouar (Cherki, 67') - Memphis (cap.). Non-utilisés : Pollersbeck, Bard, Diomande, Gusto, Soumaré. Manager: Rudi Garcia.

OGC Nice : Benitez - Atal, Todibo, Saliba, Kamara - Thuram (Schneiderlin, 83'), Lees-Melou, Boudaoui (Lotomba, 88') - Lopes (Ndoye, 78'), Dolberg, Gouiri. Non-utilisés : Cardinale, Bambu, Daniliuc, Wade, Pelmard, Sellouki. Manager: Adrian Ursea.

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