OL-PSG: One point, lots of promise (1-1)
6'. Chance for Aouar who takes advantage of a mix-up at the back but can't beat Navas.
6'. Herrera's half-volley grazes the crossbar.
8'. Goal by Paqueta who perfectly picks out his shot from the right side of the penalty area. 1-0.
21'. A powerful strike by Paredes is repelled by Lopes.
24'. Lopes tips over a Marquinhos shot.
42'. Mbappe's curled effort hits the outside of the post.
53'. Emerson's low shot from close range is blocked.
59'. Dembele's attempt is blocked by Navas after a superb bit of collective play.
76'. Kehrer scores after a deflected strike beats Lopes. 1-1.
82'. A splendid free kick from Mbappe hits the post.
The team's first match after the holidays was hardly a gift. To kick off 2022, OL had a "dessert date" with the leaders, PSG, at a Groupama Stadium which was unfortunately almost empty, and the team having a huge need for both points and confidence. Playing a 3-4-3 with Dubois and Paqueta back in the side, Peter Bosz's men made the choice to cede the ball to their opponent but above all to hurt them on the counter, exemplified by the play of Paqueta which provided the opener in the 8th minute of play. Strong defensively with Lopes in top form and dazzling in attack, our Lyonnais had found the key to thwart the Parisians' plans in this first half.
The character of the second half was the same as the second. Another goal on the break was also tantalizingly close, on a counter perfectly led and concluded, albeit without success, by Dembele. There were but 20 minutes to play and the Lyonnais, still combative and determined, kept up their efforts, remaining threatening to Navas. But after struggling more and not taking their chances, a punishing equalizer could not be avoided. OL would eventually take just one point but put on a good display and evinced clear progress, especially in their mental state, something which bodes well for the second half of the season!
At Groupama Stadium, Décines.
L1 (Matchday 20): OL-Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 (1-0)
Referee: François Letexier. Attendance: 5,000
Goals: Paqueta (8') for OL. Kehrer (76') for PSG.
Bookings: Emerson (85'), Boateng (90') for OL. Verratti (44'), Dagba (59') for PSG.
OL: Lopes - Da Silva, Boateng, Lukeba - Dubois (cap.), Guimaraes (Gusto, 90+1'), Caqueret, Emerson - Paqueta (Cherki, 71'), Aouar, Dembele. Manager: Peter Bosz.
PSG : Navas - Dagba (Kehrer, 69'), Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Mendes - Paredes (Simons, 69'), Verratti, Herrera (Michut, 69') - Wijnadulm (Dina Ebimbe, 83'), Icardi, Mbappé. Manager: Mauricio Pochettino.