Like last season, Toulouse beat OL 3-0 in the south-west, thanks notably to a double from Ben Yedder. It was OL's second loss of the season.
OL's objective in this match was clear: take back top spot in Ligue 1 and bag a sixth league outing in a row without defeat. Rémi Garde was able to prepare for the game without too much stress after having rotated his squad in the middle of the week. Gomis, Gonalons, Lacazette and Malbranque made their returns to action. The central defensive pairing of Bisevac and Umtiti made its third consecutive league appearance. Still without Lisandro and Lovren (both injured) it was a wary OL side that walked out onto the pitch at The Stadium in Toulouse.
Bolstered by their ominous record of six straight wins over OL at The Stadium, Alain Casanova's men were hoping for a repeat of their 3-0 win in this fixture last season. With that aim in mind, the TFC coach went with a team of smaller players playing a very direct style. Right from the off, his plan worked perfectly, with Tabanou, Regattin and Ben Yedder linking up well with Didot, who pulled the strings. Ol were under pressure, stifled by the TFC's intense pressing game. It didn't take long for the break to be made, Moussa Sissoko unleashing a fierce shot from 30 metres. Vercoutre managed to box it away, but it fell to Tabanou who turned his man before finding Ben Yedder who jus had to tap home (9'). But the assistant referee raised the off-side flag and OL were off the hook for a moment...
Nonetheless, the TFC attacks continued to rain down on OL's goal, pinning the visitors back into their own half. Newly capped Morocco international Adrien Regattin made the perfect start and almost beat Vercoutre (25') after giving Monzon the runaround. Toulouse were playing error-free, creating space and winning out in termsw of fitness. Malbranquelooked to respond to this physical dominance but his foul on Zebina earned him a yellow card (30'). Garde was off the bench and pacing the technical area, and the latter stages of the first half did little to calm him: first Dabo saved off the line after a deft chip from Didot (32'); Capoue crashed a thunderbolt into the crossbar (33'); and Ben Yedder called Vercoutre into action once more (41'). At half-time, OL were still in the running but had been well and truly warned by the home attack, who had produced 12 shots to OL's zero.
In the 47th minute, Gomis had OL's first shot, from a Lacazette cross. Three minutes later Sissoko cut through the centre and played in Tabanou, the left-footer playing a sweet cross to the far post, where Ben Yedder got his head to the ball first and opened the scoring (1-0, 50'). Despite calls from the OL defence that the ball had gone out, referee Mr. Kalt validated the goal. Rémi Garde's men finally seemed to come out of their topror on the hour mark. Goucuff sounded the charge by leading some counter-attacks (60' and 65'), but his passing lacked power; he also fired a free kick straight into the arms of Ali Ahamada (63'). Toulouse waned somewhat and allowed OL to push higher, and Garde brought on Grenier and N’Jie (67'). Dabo and Lacazette tried their luck from distance, but it looked more like clutching at straws than believing in a spectacular long-range goal...
OL's coach played every card in his hand, taking Monzon off and bringing Benzia on. But nothing changed. Another TFC counter sealed the win. After Gonalons lost the ball in midfield, pocket-sized striker Ben Yedder made straight for goal and slid the ball under Rémy Vercoutre to complete his double (2-0, 88'). Done and dusted. Toulouse's third, scored by Etienne Capoue, was just window dressing (3-0, 91'). For the seventh time in a row, Ol fell at The Stadium without scoring a single goal. Worse, they conceded top spot on the league table with a strangely apathetic performance. Just a hiccup or the beginning of a downward spiral? OL will find out soon enough, as they take on OM at the Stade Vélodrome on Wednesday.
Toulouse, Municipal Stadium, ca. 20,000 spectators; TFC 3-0 OL (half-time: 0-0); referee: Philippe Kalt.