first team / Nantes-OL


Published on the 30 November 2016 à 21:15 by SC

Lyon treated us to a brilliant display in their first trip of the week, breezing past Nantes to register their biggest away win in Ligue 1. It was a stunning performance ahead of the trip to Metz and the home game against Sevilla in the Champions League.


16'. Tolisso shoots into an empty net after Rafael puts the ball on a plate. 0-1.
Ghezzal hits the crossbar after a superb team move.
Diakhaby earns a penalty, Lacazette converts. 0-2.
Gonalons scores after a Riou error. 0-3.
Valbuena scores from a Darder assist. 0-4.
Lopes saves a Sala shot.
Diakhaby heads in. 0-5.
Fekir picks up a long Darder pass to score. 0-6.


Bruno Genesio's men managed to do what they had wished for before the match: to perpetuate the self-doubt of a struggling Nantes team. To that end, Lyon took matters into their own hands straight away. Tolisso opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour when Rafael put the ball on a plate for him. Nantes, who started brightly, looked vulnerable every time Lyon went forward, particularly at the back. At this point, the half-time whistle looked likelier than a Nantes equaliser, a fact Ghezzal emphasised when he hit the crossbar. But that was just a stay of execution... Lacazette converted a penalty before Gonalons inevitably widened the gap. The second half started like the first - with a Lyon goal. Valbuena didn't pass up Darder's offer to register his second goal in three days and seal the fate of the match at the hour-mark. Lopes then made a superb save to deny Sala. Diakhaby celebrated his return to his old ground by scoring his first Ligue 1 goal, before Fekir notched up the sixth strike of the evening. Three days after the narrow loss to PSG, Lyon are back on track with this big win, their highest away-win margin in Ligue 1 to date. It augurs well for the trip to Metz this Saturday and for the visit of Sevilla in the Champions League group decider.


Corentin Tolisso's quick goal

It didn't take long to plunge Nantes back into their woes. And the Lyon players were well aware of just when to do so in the disgruntled atmosphere of the Stade de la Beaujoire. They gave Nantes neither the time nor the opportunity to get their heads above water. Rachid Ghezzal tormented the Nantes defence before releasing Rafael, who left Corentin Tolisso little to do but pass the ball into the net. The Lyon machine was thus on its way, with the Nantes one completely broken down.



In winning 6-0, OL registered their biggest away win in D1/L1 since the club's inception in 1950. Historic indeed. It has been a few months since Lyon have created so many chances in such an attack-fest - you'd have to go back to May and the 6-1 win over Monaco. Maxime Gonalons, one of tonight's goalscorers, and his teammates have not scored three goals or more since the win over Montpellier that ended 5-1 at the Parc OL. That was on 21 September, a little over two months ago. Since then, and before the match against Nantes, Lyon had scored only 11 goals in their last 12 matches in all competitions. The OL attack is back!

Expert Eye

Arnaud Rivenet:

"This is a consummate performance. It's the evening we dreamed about. We were able to settle it very quickly. Bruno was able to rotate the squad. We played our game. Technically, we were impressive. It was a real treat. We could have scored even more. I loved the general attitude. But it's necessary to put things in perspective and not get carried away. The Nantes team was very weak tonight and quickly lost touch with the match. They were unable to play."



At the Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes.

L1 (D15): FCN-OL 0-6 (0-3)

Referee: Clément Turpin. Attendance: 18 500 approx.

Goals: (16’), Lacazette (39’), Gonalons (41’), Valbuena (40’), Diakhaby (75’), Fekir (81’) for OL.

Yellow cards: Vizcarrondo (39’) à Nantes. Gonalons (67’) for OL.

FCN: Riou (cap.) - Dubois, Vizcarrondo, Diego, Lima – Gillet (Moimbé, 71’), Touré - Harit, Thomsen (Sala, 58’), Kacankilic (Iloki, 53’) – Stepinski. Coach: René Girard.

OL: Lopes - Rafael, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Rybus - Gonalons (capt.) (Ferri, 76’), Darder, Tolisso - Valbuena, Ghezzal (Cornet, 69’), Lacazette (Fekir, 63’). Coach: B.Genesio.
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