Right up until kick-off in OL's first match of the Ligue 1 seasons, against Nancy at the Stade Marcel-Picot at 15:00 on Sunday, the OLweb team will bring you everything you need to know about the eagerly anticipated match.
15:20. The prefectural authorities in Meurthe-et-Moselle decided to implement a special security plan for Sunday afternoon's match between Nancy and Lyon. According to the prefectural decree, only official OL supporter groups will be authorised to make the trip to the Lorraine region to attend the match.
14:50. Olympique Lyonnais haven’t set foot on the pitch at the Stade Marcel-Picot since 5 May, 2013. On that day, Rémi Garde's men made the most of their trip, beating Nancy 3-0. Yoann Gourcuff scored and Bafétimbi Gomis, who had come on as a sub at half-time, bagged a double to secure the result. It was a precious win that confirmed OL in third place with three matches left in the season, while also pushing Nancy towards relegation.
The OL line-up: Lopes, Fofana, Koné, Umtiti, Dabo, Gonalons (cap.), Grenier (Malbranque 88’), Mvuemba, Gourcuff, Benzia (Ferri 78’), Lopez (Gomis 46’). Coach: Rémi Garde.
Goals: For OL, Gomis (48’), Gourcuff (80’), Gomis (89’).
13:55. Today Nancy's stadium celebrates its 90th birthday. The Stade Marcel-Picot, originally known as the Parc des Sports du pont d’Essey, was inaugurated on 8 August, 1926. However, it wasn't until nine years later that FC Nancy - created that same year - started to play football there. Since its renovation in 2002, the Stadium is an all-seated, 20,000-spectator capacity stadium. It was fitted with a synthetic pitch in 2010.
11:00. Nancy have just completed their campaign of pre-season friendlies. For the last hit-out before they make their return to France's top flight, the team from eastern France were held to a draw by Spanish side Sporting Gijon. Despite dominating play and creating a host of chances, AS Nancy Lorraine couldn't find a way through to goal.
Christian Frichet, journalist for daily paper l’Est Républicain, noted the side's troubles in the final 30 metres: "ASNL are still looking for their attack (among other things)". His summary of the match: "The general tendency has been seen before and was confirmed tonight: ASNL had the upper hand in terms of the collective and team play. Also physically… with any measure of good fortune in front of goal, the scoreline could have taken on severe proportions".
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ASNL 0-0 Sporting Gijon (0-0)