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OL-Rennes: With a deserved win, OL resume their forward march (1-0)

Published on the 11 December 2016 à 17:00 by SC

Lacking inspiration and a little worn out, Lyon won 1-0 against a Rennes team that dominated for most of the match. But what really counts is the result... these three points allow OL to take fourth spot with a game in hand.

. HIGHLIGHTS .

24'. Hunou shoots wide from a tight angle.
28'. Valbuena taps in after good work from Ghezzal. 1-0.
30'. Lopes goes horizontal to stop Sio's shot.
34'. Lopes saves a shot from André.
43'. Lopes makes a reflex save from another Sio attempt.
64'. Lopes parries a header from Hunou.
71'. Ntep shoots wide.
74'. Bensebaini is sent off.
83'. Cornet fails to score in a one-on-one with the keeper.


. SUMMARY.

There's not much to take away from this match but the result. Lacklustre and tired four days after playing Sevilla on Wednesday, OL managed to take the three points against Rennes. Lyon, unable to hold onto the ball, played a rather sluggish first half compared to a Rennes side who were very comfortable in their build-up play. Despite the fact that the Bretons were clearly getting the better of it, it was Lyon who hit where it counts, Valbuena burying his team's only shot on goal for the entire first half. But this opener didn't make the game any easier for Lyon. Shaky in defence, particularly on the flanks, they relied on Lopes' skills to avoid an early equaliser through shots from Sio, with three attempts, and then from André.

The second half began in much the same way as the first. And it was still the Lyon keeper, unbeatable against Hunou and in the air, who allowed his teammates to maintain their lead until the end of the match. Bensebaini's being sent off a quarter of an hour from the finish freed Bruno Genesio's men to cause a little more danger, even though they had nervy moments right to the end. But the win was secured despite everything and OL take fourth place with a match in hand.


. THE TURNING POINT .

Anthony Lopes, lyon's saviour!

He' was the driving force behind Lyon's victory this afternoon. In one of his most influential performances of the season, the Lyon keeper was up to the task of keeping a clean sheet, despite 13 Rennes attempts, including five on target. Uncompromising both on his line and in the air, he was particularly impressive with two saves from Sio, a powerful shot from André and a header from Hunou. Certainly Lyon's hero in this encounter.


. THE STAT .

3

Mathieu Valbuena is getting back to his best form. Since returning from injury after his shoulder dislocation, suffered against Guingamp on the 22 October, the Lyon midfielder marked this afternoon's encounter against Rennes with his third goal in three Ligue 1 matches (the match in Metz isn't counted in the statistics). After his strikes against PSG and Nantes, Mathieu Valbuena found the path to goal by tapping in a perfect cross from Ghezzal. He could have had another goal this week in the Champions League if his spectacular shot hadn't been squeezed over the crossbar by the FC Sevilla keeper.

Expert Eye

Jérémy Berthod:

"it wasn't the match of the year as far as intensity and quality go. But the way it played out was complicated. You could sense that some of the players were tired. At the end, there was a victory and no goal conceded. This is what matters most. We had trouble getting there, though. We were unsettled by Rennes' pressing and we didn't manage to supply our forwards. Anthony Lopes played a great match, he was our passport to staying in the game... Corentin Tolisso immediately felt a pain in his thigh. We'll have to wait for the examination to know if he's able to play again before the end of the year."

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. TEAMSHEET .

At the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines.

L1 (D17) : OL-Stade Rennais 1-0 (1-0)

Referee: Benoit Millot. Attendance: 33,900.

Goals: Valbuena (28’) for OL.

Yellow cards: Rafael (43’), Yanga-Mbiwa (52’), Darder (90+3’) for OL.

Red cards: Bensebaini (74’) for Rennes.

OL : Lopes - Rafael, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Morel - Gonalons (cap.), Tolisso (Darder, 58’) – Ghezzal (Cornet, 76’), Fekir (Ferri, 62’), Valbuena - Lacazette. Coach: B. Genesio.

Rennes : Costil – Danzé (cap.), Gnagnon, Bensebaini,  Baal – Fernandes (Mexer, 78’), André – Hunou, Gourcuff, Ntep – Sio (Said, 78’). Coach: C. Gourcuff.
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