After the terrific win at Monaco, OL underlined their current form by winning two-nil against Angers in the last round of the first half of the season. A little less captivating in their play, Lyon went looking for a seventh win in eight matches to cement fourth place.
. HIGLIGHTS .
9'. Lacazette scores after a lighting counter attack. 1-0
12'. Manceau's shot goes just wide.
53'. Michel turns Lacazette's header onto the cross bar.
54'. Ndoye hits the crossbar.
60'. Pavlovic heads wide.
70'. Fekir's free-kick almost finds the top corner.
84'. Lacazette sets Fekir up to score. 2-0
. SUMMARY .
The objectives in this last round of the first phase of the season were clear: finish the year with a bang at the Parc OL and build on the huge performance at Monaco. To these ends, Lyon, determined to follow up on their good form, opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a lightning counter attack finished by Lacazette. This early goal didn't turn out to have the desired effect, though, with the match rhythm clearly slowing down until the break and both teams struggling to pose a threat. OL were therefore by no means safe at half time.
The match livened up at the start of the second half with two back-to-back headers from Lacazette then Ndoye hitting the crossbars. Angers, somewhat timid at the start of the match, began to go on the offensive but came up against a vigilant Lopes. Even though the attacking threat wasn't overwhelming, uncertainty persisted for Lyon... Up until the moment where Lacazette set Fekir up. The fate of the match was thus sealed, with Lyon helping themselves to a seventh win in eight matches in Ligue 1. With 34 points from 18 rounds (the Metz match outcome pending) and fourth place on the ladder secured, Maxime Gonalons and his teammates can go on holidays in a relaxed frame of mind.
. THE TURNING POINT .
Lacazette clinches it early
Emboldened by their win at Monaco, Bruno Genesio's men came home with a good deal of determination - and plenty of effetiveness - in this encounter. With their first decent chance, in the ninth minute of the game, Alexandre Lacazete was on the end of a lightning counter attack started off by Nabil Fekir that ended up beating the Angers keeper. OL's home striker has thus found his way to the net at the Parc OL in Ligue 1 after two matches without a goal (against Paris and Rennes), which was a first for him since the move to the new stadium.
. THE STAT .
. TEAMSHEET .
At the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines.
L1 (D19): OL-SCO Angers 2-0 (1-0)
Referee: Franck Schneider. Attendance: 32,098.
Goals: Lacazette (9'), Fekir (84') for OL.
Yellow cards: Diedhiou (34’), Pavlovic (77’) for Angers.
OL : Lopes - Jallet, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Morel (Rybus, 46’) - Gonalons (cap.), Tousart – Valbuena (Ferri, 81’), Ghezzal (Cornet, 67’), Fekir - Lacazette. Coach: B.Genesio.SCO : Michel - Manceau, Thomas, Pavlovic, Traore, Capelle – Mangani (Saihi, 87’), Ndoye (cap.), Santamaria – Pepe (Sunu, 65’), Diedhiou (Toko Ekambi, 59’). Coach: Stéphane Moulin