first team / OL 1-2 Rennes

Gerland run ended

Published on the 18 November 2011 à 21:58

After going for more than a year without defeat in Ligue 1 at their Stade Gerland, Olympique Lyonnais were caught out by a well-organised Rennes outfit that took its chances.

After a two week international break, OL was back on domestic duty in Week 14 of Ligue 1.

After a gentle opening, the pace of the game accelerated abruptly as Alex Lacazette screwed a shot wide in the box. Immediately on the counterattack, Montano hit Hugo Lloris' post with a header before Féret was blocked in extremis when in an ideal scoring position (12'). Rémi Garde's side then produced a stunning passage of play that ended with Jimmy Briand's cross towards Gomis, but Costil produced the save. From the resulting corner, Gomis' header was saved on the line (20'). Les Gones were getting better and better as their passing game moved into top gear. There wasn't much between Yoann Gourcuff and Co. and the opening goal. It was from another corner that OL opened the scoring, as Kim Källström's shot was deflected beyong Costil by Ederson (36'). But Olympian joy was short lived as three minutes later, Pitroipa, after a one-two with Féret, resisted the challenge of Bako Koné before beating Lloris. Anthony Réveillère went within a whisker of reasserting OL's advantage on the scoreboard with a long-range half-volley that flew just millimetres wide (40').

At the start of the second half, Réveillère again, incorrectly called offside, was refused a perfectly good goal (49'). Just minutes later, a turnover in midfield was pounced upon by M’Vila, who released Kembo-Ekoko who side-footed beyond Hugo Lloris. With his back to the wall, Rémi Garde threw on Lisandro and Bastos in place of Ederson and Briand. The Brittany side weren't far away from landing the knockout punch but Féret somehow missed the unmissable (64e). Rennes' pressing game was causing Lyon problems and despite several chances, they couldn't get passed the Rennes backline. Michel Bastos sent a free-kick flying into the stands as the miracle failed to materialise for the home side.


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