first team / OL - Auxerre 1-1

OL miss out on top spot

Published on the 22 December 2010 à 21:03

By drawing at Gerland, Lyon did not take advantage of the results managed by their direct opponents to take top spot in the Ligue 1.

Claude Puel's players were at home to AJ Auxerre for the final match of the first half of the season. The Olympians had indeed decided to end the year on a good note, especially as 2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the club.

Lyon were quickly into action with Kim Källström who tried his luck from distance but was unable to worry Sorin (2’). Camped in the opponents half of the pitch, Jean II Makoun and his teammates tried to combine in small spaces to find the solution. Pjanic had his chance from a free kick in the centre of the park, which flew a few inches wide of the post (15’). Fernandez’s players defended very deep and gave a hard time to OL. Unfortunately when the overlaps were made, the final pass or finish was not at the rendez-vous. Just before the break, a deflected free kick by Michel Bastos ended up at the feet of Kim Källström on the left side of the box. The Swede sent in a strong cross in front of goal where Mignot fired the ball inadvertently into his own net. Gerland felt liberated (45’).

After the break Lyon were caught cold. Receiving the ball in an offside position, Quercia took the opportunity to glide past Hugo Lloris and slide the ball into the net. Doubt then seized the OL camp. Oliech came close to giving his side the advantage breaking through the Olympian rear guard, but Hugo Lloris was vigilant (60’). The rain redoubled in intensity and the atmosphere moved up a notch at the Stade Gerland. The entry of Jérémy Pied in place of Bastos had given new impetus to Lyon. The young Olympian sent a shot flying in from nearly 30 yards that forced Sorin to push the ball away for better or worse (72’). Gomis and his teammates pushed hard but Auxerre held on. The Auxerre goalkeeper became an insurmountable barrier and when he was not on the trajectory, the OL attackers lacked address (82’). The end of the game was totally unrestrained. Oliech failed to give victory to Auxerre right at the death.

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