OL inflicted a four-two win on Roma in a pulsating match that had the feel of a grand European footballing night. Behind at the break, Lyon turned things around thanks to a remarkable second-half performance. The return leg takes place in Rome in a week's time.
. HIGHLIGHTS .
5'. Lopes diverts Nainggolan's powerful shot.
8'. Diakhaby scores from a Valbuena free kick flicked on by Rafael. 1-0.
20'. Salah takes advantage of Diakhaby's slip and takes off on his own to equalise. 1-1.
31'. Lopes saves well from Strootman.
33'. Fazio heads in. 1-2.
47'. Tolisso scores with a powerful shot from the edge of the area. 2-2.
50'. Huge save by Lopes to deny Strootman’s shot.
65'. Gonalons' deflected shot is parried by Alisson.
69'. Alisson saves shots from Lacazette then Valbuena.
74'. Fekir scores after delightful dribbling in the area. 3-2.
88'. Tolisso's shoots just wide of the post.
90+3'. Lacazette scores with a stunning strike. 4-2.
In a heady atmosphere befitting this high-end European fixture, Lyon were looking to take the advantage before the return match in Rome. Even if it was the Italian side who threatened first with efforts from Nainggolan and Salah, it was Bruno Genesio's men who managed the breakthrough in the eighth minute. From Valbuena's free kick, Diakhaby slammed the ball into the net. The Lyon central defender was then unfortunate when he slipped and could only look back as Salah took off on his own towards the goal. The Romans had clearly taken the situation in hand and Fazio's headed goal underlined their domination at that point. OL tried to come back before the break...
But it was just after the interval that they found a way through, thanks to a powerful shot that flew off Tolisso's right boot. While Lopes vigorously kept the Lyon goal secure, his teammates intensified their pressure on Roma's, but Alisson was also having a blinder. While Roma and Salah were always threatening on the counter, their keeper pulled of miraculous saves to deny Ghezzal, Gonalons, Lacazette and also Valbuena. It took an incredible sequence of skill from Fekir, having only just come on, to break through the last Roman barrier and deliver his side the lead. But Lyon didn't stop there and Lacazette launched a missile into Alisson's top corner in added time to add to his side's buffer ahead of the return leg in Rome in a week's time. An historic night!
. TURNING POINT .
The introduction of an uncontainable Fekir
His teammates had been battering away at the Roman keeper for more than 20 minutes when Nabil Fekir entered the arena: to change the course of history and demolish the Italian team's last barrier. The Lyon number 18, who went on in the 71st minute, didn't need more than three minutes to lead the Roma defence a merry dance before releasing a precise shot into the far bottom corner.
. THE STAT .
. TEAM SHEET .
At the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines.