It’s not that they did not try and force the decision , especially during a very open first half where either team could have opened the scoring. Lyon were ahead on points hitting the bar twice to Nice’s once, but Lloris’s crossbar pushed away succesive long range efforts from Juninho (25th) and Toulalan (28th), Coupet’s a Koné effort from the outside of his foot after a save by the OL keeper (16th). Cris managed to put the ball past Lloris but his goal was disallowed (18th). Thanks to the crossbars, the two teams went in at half time level, despite the desire shown by Lyon. Lyon, who would have deserved to be ahead with all the efforts they had put in and attempts on Nice’s goal. After breaking through the Nice defence, Karim Benzema was unable to hit the target (7th) then Lloris came out and saved at the feet of the French international (10th), Juninho’s free kick grazed the post (12th), Cris (15th) and Boumsong (21st) both headed wide.
The second half was less exciting, Lyon being less inspired. Benzema (55th) and Källström (65th) both shot directly at Letizi and Bodmer fired wide (73rd & 83rd). It was a shame, as it was clear that Nice, without Laslandes, Ederson & Lloris after the break, injured in a challenge with Källström, were not looking to attack very much. Apart from Koné who hit the bar and fired another shot way over the bar (76th), only Bamogo, who couldn’t connect with a cross from Koné (11th), thjen was tackled by François Clerc after he had gotten past Coupet (22nd), Balmont who fired directly at Coupet (61st), and Modeste, who fired over (74th), managed to worry the OL defence.
All that is left for OL is to wait for the result of the game between OM and Marseille. With a 5 point lead over Bordeaux, they are still in the driving seat. If Bordeaux don’t win at the Vélodrome, a win is all that OL would need against Nancy to take the title next week.