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OL's Freekicks!

Published on the 05 February 2008 à 12:40 by R.B

OL and their goals from freekicks... a love affair since the 2001-2002 season… the season which saw « Juni » arrive at the club and the first title win for OL...

After the set piece scored against Croix de Savoie, Lyons love affair with free kicks has a new number: 44 buts. The majority have been scored by the Brazilian Juninho. 36 for the former Vasco Gama player. 36 goals in 31 victoriess & 3 draws (draws against Ajaccio 1 - 1, Sochaux 1 - 1 & Barcelone 2 - 2). And don’t forget Juninho has twice scored 2 freekicks in the same match (at Gerland against Toulouse & Auxerre).

Who scored the other 8 then ?. 3 belong to Fred. The 16th of February 2007 against Lille, a 2 - 1 win; the 2nd of March 2007 against St-Etienne, a 3 – 1 win and the 3rd of February 2008 against Croix de Savoie, a 1 – 0 victory.

Karim Benzema scored his on the 27th of January 2008 against St-Etienne making the game a 1 – 1 draw.

Going a bit further back in time, the Ghanean Michaël Essien scored against Toulouse during the 2004-2005 season a 2 – 0 win on the 22nd of September. Edmilson scored a right footer against Sochaux on the 13th of March 2004, in a 2 – 1 win for OL.

Finally during the 2001-2002 season, Philippe Violeau scored at home against Auxerre, on the 25th of November, a 3 – 0 victory & Christophe Delmotte did the same against Troyes during a 3 – 1 win on the 12th of January.

Of these 8 goals, 2 only have been scored while Juninho was on the pitch. Essien’s against Toulouse Edmilson’s against Sochaux. For all the others, the Master was either absent,on the bench or had just been substituted.

44 freekicks in 3 different competitions : League (33), French Cup (3) & Champions League (8).

44 freekicks 24 of which were scored at Gerland (22 for Juninho).

44 freekicks conceded by 32 different keepers. Porato, Cool & Revault having conceded 3 time… As for Janot, Cassart, Revault & Cool they have conceded against 2 different players : Juninho & Fred… Juninho & Delmotte¦ Juninho & Essien… Juninho & Violeau.

What a record ! These 44 goals in 42 matches correspond to 38 wins and 4 draws.
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