United and determined, Olympique Lyonnais recorded a great 1-0 away on the artificial pitch at Lorient's Moustoir stadium...
Coming off back to back Ligue 1 wins over Auxerre and Toulouse and then that stunning Champions League triumph in Zagreb in midweek, it was a confident Lyon that visited Lorient in Week 17. Anthony Réveillère, Kim Källström and Cris, on the bench against Dinamo, were back in the starting XI as coach Rémi Garde went with the following side at kick-off: Lloris, Réveillère, Cris, Lovren, Cissokho, Gonalons, Källström, Briand, Gourcuff, Lacazette, Gomis.
Lorient applied plenty of pressure high up the pitch in the opening minutes. Cris was caught out by the pace of Monnet-Paquet and fouled on the edge of the area, fortunately, without and sanction on the scoreboard (2'). Unused to the conditions, Les Gones struggled to combine on the synthetic Moustoir pitch. There were few chances. Gourcuff and Lacazette tried their luck without success. From a Kim Källström, Jimmy Briand, tried a half-volley from a tight angle that fizzed wide (37'). After several contested decisions, referee Monsieur Kalt got the home fans offside and then the OL team as the two sides headed to the half-time break level and scoreless.
Les Olympiens carved out a great chance at the start of the second period, but could find the final touch with Max Gonalons' off-balance shot. Les Lyonnais looked better. A deflected Jimmy Briand cross almost caught out Audard (50'). Les Gones finally got their reward thanks to a goal from Alex Lacazette who started and finished the move with a clinical finish beyond the hosts' 'keeper (54'). Moments later, Bafé Gomis, almost made the game safe with a shot that flew just centimetres wide. Alex Lacazette was in fine fettle and had it not been for the feet of Audard, he would have had a second. The chances were flowing, but OL couldn't put the game to bed. Christian Gourcuff's side threw everything at OL in the final minutes, but OL held onto their lead right to the final whistle.