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A save, a goal, a stat

Published on the 31 March 2015 à 08:30 by SC

Les Lyonnais ran the gamut of emotions in March. After two excellent away results, the team went down at home before most of the squad headed out on international duty to end the month...

A save

What would have happened against Montpellier had the home side reduced the arrears to just one goal with ten minutes left to play? We'll never know, but what's sure is that the home side would have had the psychological advantage for the finale. But it didn't happen as Anthony Lopes once again came to the rescue. In the 80th minute, the OL 'keeper saved Barrios' penalty and preserved his side's two-goal advantage. There was even a sense that justice had been served because Sam Umtiti's challenge on Lasne was perfect and should never have been penalised!

'Antho' then remained as cool as ice in the cauldron-like atmopshere of the Vélodrome against Marseille. The 'keeper produced an almost miraculous clean sheet to bring back a share of the spoils. His best save? Perhaps the fingertip save to deny Gignac's header...


A goal

The move took just seven seconds to score the second goal against Montpellier, but it was a perfect illustration of what Nabil Fekir is capable of. Slipping his marker, dribbling his man, pass and finish... the No.18 showcased his wares in one concise move. Nabil broke down the right, cut inside, played a one-two with Gourcuff on the edge of the area before curling a left-foot effort inside the far post. "Magnifique!"


An image

You have to go back to 2010 to see so many OL players called up to Les Bleus. Back then, it was Lloris, Toulalan, Govou and Réveillère for the World Cup. Maxime Gonalons, Alexandre Lacazette, Nabil Fekir and Christophe Jallet got the call from Didier Deschamps. In the end, the quartet experienced a mixed bag. The first couldn't answer the call due to an injury contracted against Nice. The second scored his first goal in Bleu, the third made his international debut against Brazil, while the third came off injured against Denmark with a dislocated shoulder...


A stat

Les Lyonnais held onto top spot in the league despite their perilous three away matches in a row. But having come through their travels unscathed, they lost it at home in the 'easiest' match in March. After picking up four points on the road to stay top of the table, OL lost and lost top spot at home to Nice. It was just a second home loss of the season after Lens back on 24 August (0-1). Les Olympiens have twice conceded the opening goal at the Stade de Gerland... for two defeats...