Thanks to huge performances from Lacazette and Lopes, OL have taken a significant step towards qualifying for the Europa League round of 16. Lyon had a tough time of it, but a devastating conversion rate and an ever-alert keeper saw them through to a four-to-one win in Alkmaar.
. HIGHLIGHTS .
12'. Lopes uses both fists to parry Bal Hassani's shot.
26'. Tousart scores from a Fekir cross. 0-1.
35'. Lopes pulls of a huge save from a Jahanbakhsh shot.
45+2'. Lacazette goes round the keeper to score after being released by Tolisso. 0-2.
46'. Wedhorst's shot grazes the post.
57'. Lacazette slots home from an acute angle. 0-3.
64'. Double save from Lopes.
68'. Jahanbakhsh converts a penalty. 1-3.
86'. Two shots from Fekir saved by Krul.
90+3'. Ferri scores after a counter attack spearheaded by Aouar. 1-4.
. SUMMARY .
Set up in a discipline-demanding 4-4-2 diamond (Gonalons, Tousart, Darder, Tolisso) - a formation unseen in Bruno Genesio's tenure, Lyon immediately took matters into their own hands. After a first chance of the match for Diakhaby, Alkmaar started to play their game and created danger in the area three times to further test an already busy Lopes. It was therefore against the run of play that Tousart sidefooted a Fekir cross to open the scoring. It was the same story at the end of the first half with Lacazette's goal on the break, which came while the hosts, who were putting a decent shift in, were still the more dangerous side...
As suggested by the huge chance narrowly missed by Weghorst only a few seconds after the resumption. Then another from Bel Hassani that went just over. But it was again against the run of play when Lacazette punished AZ again to secure his brace. At the other end of the field, Lopes was also in good form... but could do nothing about the penalty (harsh) converted by Jahanbakhsh. Lyon then set about seeing the match out with relative calmness despite chances for each side and a clearance off the line from Mammana. The coach took the opportunity to throw Aouar into the deep end (his first professional match)... and it was he who spearheaded the counter-attack that produced the last goal with Ferri finishing just before the final whistle. This 4-1 away win puts Lyon firmly in the driver's seat before the return leg next Thursday at the Parc OL.
. TURNING POINT .
LYON'S DEVASTATING CONVERSION RATE
OL didn't have many more chances than Alkmaar. Quite the contrary. But Bruno Genesio's men showed great effectiveness in the first hour: three out of four Lyon shots went into the net. Tim Krul was left stranded by Fekir's cross for Tousart, who was left with little to do other than slot home to register his first professional goal. The same thing happened to the Krul twice more with clever dribbling from Lacazette, who was released high up the pitch by Tolisso then Tousart, and scored his 12th and 13th goals in his last 11 matches. The difference was thus made.
. THE STAT .
. TEAMSHEET .
At the AFAS Stadion in Alkmaar.
Europa League Round of 32 (first leg): AZ Alkmaar-OL 1-4 (0-2)
Referee: Bobby Madden. Attendance: 16,098.
Goals: Tousart (26’), Lacazette (45+2’,57’), Ferri (90+4’) for OL. Jahanbakhsh (68’) for AZ.
AZ : Krul - Luckassen, Van Eijden, Wuytens, Haps – Seuntjens (Overeem, 74’), Jahanbakhsh, Rienstra (cap.) - Bel Hassani, Weghorst (Friday, 65’), Tankovic (Garcia, 65’). Coach: John Van den Brom.OL : Lopes – Jallet, Mammana, Diakhaby, Rybus – Gonalons (cap.), Tousart (Ferri, 67’), Tolisso, Darder (Aouar, 84’) – Fekir, Lacazette (Cornet, 66’). Coach: Bruno Genesio.