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OL – FC Metz: A lazy afternoon and a move up the ladder ahead of a big week (2-0)

Published on the 29 October 2017 à 16:53 by SC

OL prevailed two-nil against the league's wooden spooners. In an almost-full stadium, Lyon did not require all of their talent to calmly put their fourth win in a row together, their third in Ligue 1. Fekir scored a brace to see OL move up to the top three, four days ahead of hosting Everton then travelling to Saint-Etienne for the derby.

. HIGHLIGHTS .

6’. Fekir scores after a nice exchange with Marçal down the left flank. 1-0.
20’. Fekir sidefoots home from Tete’s perfect cross. 2-0.
37’. Traoré’s powerful shot goes just over.
50’. Mariano hits the post with a wickedly curling shot with his left foot.
65’. Morel makes a last-ditch effort and keeps Dossevi’s effort out.
70’. Cornet’s free-kick just misses the top corner.
88’. Kawashima saves Ndombele’s effort.


. SUMMARY.

High on their run of wins, including one at Troyes, OL did not want to waste an opportunity against the bottom side. And no mercy was shown for the day’s opponent, with Fekir pulling the trigger five minutes in. The Lyon captain was at the end of a nice exchange with Marçal… before doubling the advantage from another Marçal pass 15 minutes later. Without really putting their stamp on proceedings, Lyon were calmly in control of the match up till the break against a non-attacking Metz side.

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Once more, OL came close to taking Metz apart, but Mariano’s wickedly curling shot went wide of the post. Lyon’s started the second half fairly timidly. Morel even had to save off the line to keep his side two up. Aside from a nice Cornet free kick and then a shot from distance from Aouar, Lyon created fewer chances than usual but carried on calmly towards a fourth successive win, the third in Ligue 1. Without really shining, OL made their way into the top three, carrying on their good form ahead of the big week starting with Everton’s visit then the derby at Saint-Etienne.


. TURNING POINT .

Nabil Fekir's early goal

Ligue 1’s wooden spooners with only three points to their name, it was a team in turmoil that turned up at the Groupama Stadium. And, to say the least, Lyon did everything to further that turmoil. After only five minutes of play, the two left-siders made themselves known down their flank. After an exchange from the Brazilian winger, the Lyon captain got past Poblete then beat the Metz keeper. It was his eighth goal in Ligue 1 and then his ninth came a quarter-of-an-hour later… the difference was already made.


. THE STAT .

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For the first time this season, OL managed to go two matches without conceding. After Troyes (0-5), Metz came up against Lyon’s solid defence on Sunday (2-0). A defence that has now accumulated four clean sheets in all competitions combined, after having managed a shut-out against Strasbourg (4-0) and one away to Nantes (0-0). Against the latter, Anthony Lopes had to make only four saves from the six shots that José Pinot’s side managed. Apart from Nantes, no other Ligue 1 side has gotten past Lyon..


JEREMY BERTHOD

EXPERT EYE

Jérémy Berthod :

“We dominated the first half. We were better than Metz. In the second half, we should’ve done better. We lost our way somewhat. I don’t really know whether we were in control of the match. I think we struggled bit. We didn’t create that many chances and we didn’t use the ball as well as we usually do. We should’ve done better against a team like Metz and we should’ve scored more given we were at home. This win puts us back in the top three ahead of an important week.”


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. TEAM SHEET .

At the Groupama Stadium in Décines.

L1 (Wk11) : OL – FC Metz 2-0 (2-0)

Referee: Benoit Millot.  Attendance: 53 921

Goals: Fekir (6’, 20’) for l’OL.

Yellow cards: Cafu (42’), Philipps (48’), Rivierez (62’) for FCM.

OL: Lopes – Tete, Marcelo, Morel, Marçal – Tousart, Aouar (Myziane, 77’) – Traoré (Ndombele, 68’), Fekir (cap.), Memphis (Cornet, 67’) – Mariano. Coach: Bruno Genesio.

FCM: Kawashima - Balliu, Philipps, Rivierez (Nguette, 81’), Niakhaté, Assou-Ekotto – Cohade (cap.), Poblete, Cafu (Thill, 64’) – Dossevi, Roux (Fernadez, 63’). Coach: José Pinot.

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