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OL-MHSC: we lacked the spark to keep the run going (0-0)

Published on the 19 November 2017 à 19:05 by SC

OL were kept in check at home to Montpellier. Without their conductor and captain, Nabil Fekir, Lyon lacked the imagination and technical execution to find a way through the best defence in Ligue 1. OL, still in the top three, are under threat from OM, who play Bordeaux a little later.


13’. Aouar gets the first shot in after nicking the ball of Hilton, but he ends up missing.
19’. Lasne’s powerful shot goes just over the bar.
29’. Memphis shoots weakly while he is off balance.
34’. Set free by Ndombele, Cornet runs into Lecomte.
59’. Sio’s effort is easilh held b Lopes.
86’. Sessegon shoots straight into Lopes’ gloves.


Unplayable since the the start of the season, like when they went for it just before the break, the OL forward line’s challenge was two-fold: find the weakness in the best defence in the league: Montpellier’s; and do so without their conductor: Fekir. In the cold, the engine tried to get itself going, notably with Aouar’s early effort, which went astray in the face of Lecomte’s challenge. But the spectable was already happening mostly in the stands, where the fans were celebrating their captain, heroic in the derby. On the pitch, Lyon had trouble posing the Montpellier defence much difficulty, even if Memphis then Cornet each had a decent chance to open the score.


As in the first half, OL were clearly lacking in inspiration. Their instances of laxity mounted, leaving Lecomte idle. Traoré tried to start the party, then so did Gouiri in his first professional appearance. Things got quicker but the cutting edge was still missing. Lyon grew bigger in the final minutes… without reward. The run of six wins stopped there. OL dropped two points at home, missing the chance to gain points on Monaco and now await the outcome of the meeting between OM and Bordeaux to know whether they will be in the top three at the end of week 13.


The two huge chances in five minutes

Outdone by a solid Montpellier set-up, the Lyon team did not manage to create nearly as many chances as they usually have this season. Memphis and Maxwel Cornet each found themselves in dangerous attacking situations in the space of five minutes. But the former, off-balance at the moment he shot, sent the ball over the bar in the 29th minute, before Lecomte used his legs to deny the latter in the 34th minute.




What OL were in dire need of was a stroke of genius from their leading scorer in order to undo the best defence in the league. In the absence of the their suspended captain, Nabil Fekir, Lyon harldy troubled the Montpellier backline, composed of five defenders and a holding midfielder. It was a very rare failure of inspiration on Lyon’s part despite their being in rampant form before the international break and who failed to score tonight for only the third time this season, after 17 matches played in all competitions combined. OL failed to find their way to goal in a draw at Nantes in August (0-0) and in a defeat in Paris (2-0) a little over two months ago.



Jérémy Berthod :

“It’s a shame. It was a tough match tonight. Nabil’s absence did as much harm as the international break. Those two factors undid our vibrant dynamic. I really take my hat off to Montpellier, who defended brilliantly. We lacked imagination and technical execution. We had a really typical game. There was a lack of spark. It was tough without Nabil Fekir. A few players didn’t step up. I never really felt that we could make the difference, even if we gave them plenty to worry about.”



At the Groupama Stadium in Décines.

L1 (Wk13) : OL – Montpellier HSC 0-0

Referre: Karim Abed. Attendance: 47 651.

Yellow cards: Piriz (5’) au MHSC. Tete (23’), Traoré (77’) à l’OL.

OL: Lopes (cap.) – Tete, Marcelo, Diakhaby, Mendy (Marçal, 73’) – Tousart, Ndombele (Gouiri, 73’), Aouar – Cornet (Traoré, 61’), Mariano, Memphis. Coach: Bruno Genesio.

MHSC: Lecomte – Aguilar, Mubiele, Hilton (cap.), Mendes, Roussillon (Cozza, 73’) – Sambia, Lasne, Piriz – Sio (Mbenza, 73’), Ninga (Sessegnon, 84’). Coach: Michel Der Zakarian.


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