Lyon bounced-back from their midweek loss to Lille with a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to Caen and now head to Atalanta in the Europa League with confidence sky high...
. HIGHLIGHTS .
10’. Cornet scores after a goal-mouth scramble. 0-1.
21’. Cornet crosses for Fekir, who fired just over.
26’. Mbengue's cross hits Lopes' post.
27’. Djiku headers Féret's corner just wide.
28’. Aouar's shot falls to Fekir who loses his one-on-one with Vercoutre.
34. Big miss from Marcelo, with only Vercroutre to beat after a deflected Mariano cross.
54’. Mariano scores with a stunning volley from 20m out. 0-2.
68’. Rodelin sends another missile crashing back off the post with Lopes beaten.
73’. Santini denied by Lopes.
89’. Played in by Memphis, Fekir misses a great chance to finish the game.
90’. Santini scores a consolation goal for Caen...1-2
. THE MATCH.
After losing four days earlier to Lille
(1-2), OL were desparate to bounce back against Caen on Sunday. Victory
over Caen would also be the eprfect way to prepare for the Europa League
clash with Atalanta, the following Thursday. And it was OL that made
the brighter start and went ahead on the scoreboard courtesy of Maxwel Cornet (10’,
0-1) - stabbing home after a goal-mouth scramble. Suddenly the game
came to life. Both sides traded punches. Caen hit the woodwork from
Mbengue's miss-hit cross and Santini had a goal ruled out for offside...
It was just as even after the restart,
even if the rhythm dropped a little. But Les Lyonnais managed to extend
their lead through a superb, opportunist strike from Mariano Diaz,
volloeying into the top corner from the edge of the box (54’,
0-2). But Caen came again and Rodelin sent a veritable rocket smashing
against Lopes' post as the woodwork saved OL for a second time. OL
couldn't kill the game off, despite a gilt-edged chance for Fekir,
and moments later, Caen were back into the game when Ivan Santini
netted for the home side (1-2, 90’). Lyon held firm though, to claim the
victory. Lyon pile the presure on Marseille in the race for second
place and confidence is high ahead of the trip to Italy.
. THE MOMENT .
THE POST TO THE RESCUE
With the match evenly poised and OL leading by a goal, Adama Mbengue saw his cross-cum-shot crash against Anthony Lopes' post. It was the chance for the Stade Malherbe to equalise and relaunch the match...
. THE STAT .