After a first half that saw them clearly dominated, Lyon went on to show another side of themselves and managed to pull one back. But a goal at the end of a Paris counter-attack sealed Lyon's first defeat in five matches in all competitions. A real shame...
. HIGHLIGHTS .
14'. Motta's header goes wide.
24'. Lucas misses a huge chance.
29'. Cavani converts the penalty for a foul on Motta. 0-1.
36'. Lucas's shot brushes the upright.
48'. Rafael's shot hits the post... Valbuena follows up with a left-footer. 1-1.
54'. Lacazette gets goal-side of Areola but narrowly misses.
81'. Cavani scores a header. 1-2.
88'. Tolisso's shot saved by Areola.
Bruno Genesio's men stood up to the Parisian machine... for 45 minutes. Starting too cautiously in the first half, they were deprived of the ball by the Parisians who looked increasingly dangerous in Lopes' area. The punishment duly arrived: a foul on Motta resulted in a penalty that Cavani converted... before Lucas was centimetres away from doubling the lead over OL, who were unable to get close to the Paris goal.
It was a completely different Lyon side that left the change room, thanks in large part to the introductions of Fekir and Valbuena. With one of his first touches, the latter hit a sweet shot with his left foot to equalise. The balance of the match, one-sided up until this point, had definitely swung. In Lyon's next chance, it would not have taken much more for Lacazette to get past Areola. But after a sustained period of pressure on the Paris goal, PSG and Cavani capitalised on a counter-attack to retake the lead. Although Lyon pushed hard right to the end and produced a good effort from Tolisso... it was in vain. This defeat leaves OL in seventh position in Ligue 1, something of a setback given that ASM, Rennes and Bordeaux won and that Nice drew.
. THE TURNING POINT .
There was, however, a superb reaction...
We don't know what was said in the dressing room at the break, but Bruno Genesio obviously had the words to motivate his team after a lack-lustre first half. Jostled and deprived of the ball from the first minute right to the half-time whistle, the Lyon players were a completely different outfit in the second half. Switching to a 4-4-2 from a 4-3-3, OL saw their two substitutes give PSG some serious problems, notably from the goalscorer, Valbuena. But in a sustained period of second-half dominance from Lyon, PSG went on the counter from a poorly executed Lyon free-kick and stunned a trailing Lyon defence.
. THE STAT .
. TEAMSHEET .
At the Parc OL in Décines.
L1 (Week 14): OL-PSG 1-2 (0-1)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet.
Goals: Cavani (29', 81') for PSG. Valbuena (48') for OL.
Yellow cards: Ben Arfa (19'), Matuidi (43'), Motta (75'), Silva (85'), Verratti (89') for PSG. Ferri (45+1') for l'OL.
OL: Lopes - Rafael, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Morel - Gonalons (capt.), Ferri (Fekir, 46'), Tolisso - Rybus (Valbuena, 46'), Ghezzal (Tousart, 80'), Lacazette. Coach: B.Genesio.
PSG: Aerola - Aurier, Marquinhos, Silva (cap.), Maxwell - Motta, Verratti - Lucas (Krychowiak, 85'), Ben Arfa (Meunier, 65'), Matuidi - Cavani (Augustin, 90+3'). Coach: U.Emery.