OL-Strasbourg: Growing in stature (3-1)
3'. First attempt for Toko Ekambi with an off-target half volley.
8'. Goal by Dembele after a fine bit of chest control and a half-volley into the top corner. 1-0.
23'. Lopes gets down but Prcic's shot drifts wide of the post.
45'. Chance for Toko Ekambi, played in by Shaqiri but the Cameroonian misses the target.
55'. A duel between Gameiro and Lopes is won by the Lyon goalkeeper.
65'. Denayer heads home a cross from Shaqiri. 2-0.
71'. A powerful strike from Bellegarde goes over thanks to Lopes.
80'. Cherki's shot is kept out by Sels' foot.
87'. Paqueta scores with a fine finish after being played in by Aouar 3-0.
90 + 8'. Penalty conceded for a handball by Gusto, converted by Diallo.
Two weeks after a first league win against Nantes, OL had to build on that at home against Strasbourg. In front of an crowd eager for a reunion and for the presentations of the two new signings, Shaqiri and Boateng, the Lyonnais immediately got into the swing of things. 8 minutes into the match, the man of the hour, Dembélé worked wonders with a splendid goal. The captain on the day, he and his teammates showed control, without offering much of a threat to the Alsatians' goal and while remaining under some difficulty from the visitors.
Driven by a brilliant Guimaraes and a clever Shaqiri, Peter Bosz's men had a very fine second half. After having muzzled the Strasbourg attack, Denayer stepped up to double the lead on a corner by the Swiss international. A rather quiet end of the match also gave Boateng an opportunity to also play his first minutes for Lyon, but Paqueta showed his ability to score the third goal of the evening. Strasbourg would pull a goal back in added time from the spot, but OL now have two wins in a row before before a very busy week marked by trips to face Rangers and then Paris!
At Groupama Stadium, Décines.
Ligue 1 (Matchday 5): OL-Racing Club Strasbourg Alsace 3-0 (1-0)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet.
Goals: Dembele (8'), Denayer (65'), Paqueta (87') for OL. Diallo (90+8' pen) for Strasbourg.
Bookings: Boateng (84') for OL.
OL: Lopes - Gusto, Diomande (Boateng, 61'), Denayer, Emerson - Mendes (Caqueret, 61'), Guimaraes (Keita, 90') - Shaqiri (Paqueta, 74'), Aouar, Toko Ekambi (Cherki,75') - Dembele (cap.). Manager: Peter Bosz.Strasbourg: Sels - Djiku (cap.), Perrin (Nyamsi, 77'), Le Marchand - Guilbert (Diallo, 65'), Thomasson, Prcic (Aholou, 65'), Bellegarde, Caci (Liénard, 45+1') - Gameiro (Waris, 77'), Ajorque. Manager: Julien Stéphan.