first team / 2008 retrospective

December, two nice gifts before Christmas... (II)

Published on the 12 June 2008 à 08:00 by GG

The month of December was quite contrasted for OL. With only one victory and two draws in four Leahiue 1 games, or 5 points from a possible 12, OL's domestic rhythm slowed drastically. In Europe, on the other hand, Decmber was a great month.

Good news never comes alone! After the difficult qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, OL take the honorific title of Autumn Champion in the League. For the 18th game of the season, OL who have a four point lead over Nancy in second place, play at home to Nice, the surprise package of the start of the season Nice are in seventh place in the League. At the same time, Nancy travel to Strasbourg. Both matches finish as 0 – 0 draws. At the end of the day , Lyon keep their four point lead over Nancy. OL finish the first round of matches on top of the League.

So, it is with another title in their pocket that Lyon go into the last match of the year. A last game at the top of the table as Alain Perrin’s men make the trip to their main rival of the moment, Nancy. In difficult conditions, as often is the case at this time of the year (the match was in the balance for a long time), OL manage to deal with Nancy’s ambitions, even opening the scoring ten minutes before the final whistle through Milan Baros. Lyon believe that they have their win, but in the 87th minute Malonga equalizes for Nancy. The top two teams of the first round of games finish off with a draw. It’s time for holidays and transfers. A winter mercato which will be very busy...
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