OL got off to the perfect Champions League start at their new home, clinching a terrific win over Dinamo Zagreb to take top spot ion Group H. What a night!
. HIGHLIGHTS .
13’. Tolisso scores with a header from Rafael's cross. 1-0.
23’. Gonalons heads just over the bar.
32’. Gonalons replaced by Tousart after a knock to the head.
36’. Rybus fires just wide.
49’. Ferri scored with a delightful chip after being played in by Cornet. 2-0.
57’. Cornet converts Tolisso's assist. 3-0
86'. Situm hits the cross-bar.
The European first at the Parc OL will remain etched in the memory. Faced with a raft of injuries, Bruno Genesio decided to eschew the habitual 4-3-3 for a new-look 3-5-1-1 with Tolisso as a number ten behind Cornet. And the Lyonnais didn't take long to start firing on all cylinders, pressing hard and getting forward with dangerous intent. Tolisso converted their dominance by heading home Rafael's cross (13'). Gonalons, Rybus, and Yanga-Mbiwa narrowly missed chances to make it 2-0. Even though OL dipped somewhat at the end of the first half, after Gonalons went off, they were never really worried by the Croatians.
After recharging the batteries at the break, OL stepped it up a notch and ran all over a demoralised Dinamo side. Ferri (49’) and Cornet (57’) widened the gap and brought the stadium to its feet! Despite chances falling for either side, the scoreboard wouldn't change again, with the Parc OL erupting in joy at the final whistle, celebrating a superb start to the Champions League history in the new stadium… historic! By winning 3-0, OL claimed the first three points of their European campaign and made the most of the 0-0 draw between Juventus and Sevilla to take top spot in Group H. The perfect evening!
. LE FAIT DU MATCH .
The switch to 3-5-1-1 pays off
OL has last used this system in a defeat to Gazélec Ajaccio on 20 December, 2015, and it was the first time since season 2012-13 that OL have started with a three-man defence. It's the first time the club have ever won playing in this system, the 2-1 win at Bordeaux having come with OL reverting to a 4-4-2 after the Girondins had opened the scoring. An unfamiliar 3-5-11 for Bruno Genesio's men but they adapted to it perfectly. Rybus and Rafael, fielded a bit higher up on the flanks, had the chance to show all their counter-attacking quality. Just like Tolisso, who really shone in his role as number ten.
. THE STAT .
. TEAMSHEET .
At the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines.
UCL (Matchday 1, Grup H): OL 3-0 GNK Dinamo (1-0)
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE). Attendance: 45,000.
Goals: Tolisso (13'), Ferri (49'), Cornet (57') for OL.
Yellow cards: Rafael (84') for OL. Jonas (4'), Pivaric (26'), Fernandes (41') for Dinamo.
OL: Lopes - Yanga-Mbiwa, Nkoulou, Morel - Rafael, Rybus - Gonalons (cap.) (Tousart, 32'), Ferri, Darder - Tolisso (Ghezzal, 77') - Cornet (A.Kalulu, 72'). Coach: B. Genesio.
GNK: Semper - Stojanovic, Benkovic, Schildenfeld, Pivaric (cap.) - Jonas (Gojak, 84'), Machado (Situm, 68'), Pavicic, Coric (Fiolic, 53') - Soudani, Fernandes. Coach: Z. Kranjcar.