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Lyon win and build confidence ahead of Italian job

Published on the 03 December 2017 à 19:15 by YM/SC

Lyon bounced-back from their midweek loss to Lille with a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to Caen and now head to Atalanta in the Europa League with confidence sky high...


10’. Cornet scores after a goal-mouth scramble. 0-1.
21’. Cornet crosses for Fekir, who fired just over.
26’. Mbengue's cross hits Lopes' post.
27’. Djiku headers Féret's corner just wide.
28’. Aouar's shot falls to Fekir who loses his one-on-one with Vercoutre.
34. Big miss from Marcelo, with only Vercroutre to beat after a deflected Mariano cross.
54’. Mariano scores with a stunning volley from 20m out. 0-2.
68’. Rodelin sends another missile crashing back off the post with Lopes beaten.
73’. Santini denied by Lopes.
89’. Played in by Memphis, Fekir misses a great chance to finish the game.
90’. Santini scores a consolation goal for Caen...1-2


After losing four days earlier to Lille (1-2), OL were desparate to bounce back against Caen on Sunday. Victory over Caen would also be the eprfect way to prepare for the Europa League clash with Atalanta, the following Thursday. And it was OL that made the brighter start and went ahead on the scoreboard courtesy of Maxwel Cornet (10’, 0-1) - stabbing home after a goal-mouth scramble. Suddenly the game came to life. Both sides traded punches. Caen hit the woodwork from Mbengue's miss-hit cross and Santini had a goal ruled out for offside...


It was just as even after the restart, even if the rhythm dropped a little. But Les Lyonnais managed to extend their lead through a superb, opportunist strike from Mariano Diaz, volloeying into the top corner from the edge of the box (54’, 0-2). But Caen came again and Rodelin sent a veritable rocket smashing against Lopes' post as the woodwork saved OL for a second time. OL couldn't kill the game off, despite a gilt-edged chance for Fekir, and moments later, Caen were back into the game when Ivan Santini netted for the home side (1-2, 90’). Lyon held firm though, to claim the victory. Lyon pile the presure on Marseille in the race for second place and confidence is high ahead of the trip to Italy.



With the match evenly poised and OL leading by a goal, Adama Mbengue saw his cross-cum-shot crash against Anthony Lopes' post. It was the chance for the Stade Malherbe to equalise and relaunch the match...



Mariano is the first OL player since Karim Benzema to have scored 12 Ligue 1 goals after just 16 matches*. The Spanish striker, who joined last summer from Real Madrid, where the former OL youth academy product plies his trade, scored another beautiful goal versus Caen. Equalling the total set by Benzema in the 2007-2008 campaign. With 12 goals to his name, Mariano is the most prolific summer signing in all five top European leagues along with Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

* In the 2016-2017 season, Alexandre Lacazette scored 12 between Weeks 1 and 16, but the Week 16 clash against Metz was played in April 2017 and his 12th chronological strike came in Week 18 away to Monaco. 


Expert's Eye

Jérémy Berthod:
"It was important to bounce back immediately after the loss to Lille. But we gave ourselves a scare all the same. We had a lot of chances and we didn't put them away. It could have proved costly, especially at the end when we had a chance to make it 3-0 and instead, they scored for 2-1. But the win sees us keep the pressure on Marseille in the race for second place."



Stade Michel d’Ornano, Caen.

L1 (Wk.16): SM Caen 1-2 OL (H-T: 0-1)

Referee: Amaury Delerue.

Goals: Cornet (OL) 10’, Mariano (OL) 54’, Santini (C) 90’

Bookings: Fekir (OL) 36’, Mariano (OL) 59’, Mbengue (C) 60’, Rafael (OL) 90'

SM Caen: Vercoutre – Guilbert, Da Silva, Djiku, Mbengue – Aït Bennasser, Sankoh (Repas, 58’), Féret (cap.) – Kouakou (Nkololo, 64’), Santini, Rodelin. Coach: Patrice Garande.

OL: Lopes – Tete, Marcelo, Diakhaby, Marçal (Rafael, 72’) – Tousart, Aouar – Cornet (Myziane, 75’), Fekir (cap.), Memphis – Mariano (Ferri, 81’). Coach: Bruno Genesio.


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