Olympique Lyonnais didn't want to let their fans down for their final home game of 2011 and they didn't disappoint against a valiant Evian Thonon-Gaillard outfit, eventually running out 2-1 winners at the Stade Gerland.
Finishing the year on a high at Gerland was the idea in everyone's minds as OL prepared to tackle promoted Evian Thon-Gaillard. The aim was also to continue on a recent run of victories in Ligue 1. Originally named in the starting line-up Dejan Lovren pulled out minutes before kick-off, however Lisandro, a pre-match doubt, was in the first XI: Lloris, Réveillère, Cris, B.Koné, Cissokho, Gonalons, Källström, Briand, Ederson, Lacazette, Lisandro.
Casoni's visitors enjoyed most of the ball in the opening exchanges, but generally the possession was in their own half of the field. Jimmy Briand created the first chance for the home side, before being tackled in extremis (12'). Moments later, Lisandro headed on target from Réveillère's cross, but the Evian 'keeper got down well. Les Gones stepped on the accelerator and Briand went within a whisker of scoring as his shot flew across the face of Anderson's goal (26'). Rémi Garde's side finally went ahead when Alex Lacazette fired a shot against the post and Jimmy Briand was on hand to knock home the rebound (34'). The visitors responded immediately. A header from a corner was saved on the line by a combination of Réveillère and Lloris. Getting in behind the defence, Sagbo equalised with a powerful finish (43'). Despite Bako Koné's header, that flashed just wide, it was 1-1 at half-time.
The second half began a far tenser affair. Les Gones upped the ante and both Lisandro and Briand were denied the go-ahead goal. The free-kicks kept coming for both sides. Evian-TG decided to sit back on the counterattack and Khilfa almost shattered the crossbar with a missile of a shot from one counter (63'). After a good start to the second period, Les Lyonnais started to look a little nervous. But OL found the solution with Lisandro's header from another Briand cross. The Argentinian taking advantage of a hazardous piece of goalkeeping to nod the ball into the empty net (70'). Licha celebrating showed just how much the goal meant to him and the team. After Lyon's goal, Sidney Govou came on, much to the delight of the Stade Gerland. Licha had another great chance to make the break, but his shot lacked the requisite power (78'). Just six minutes after coming on, Clément Grenier was sent off for an over-zealous challenge on Angoula (87').