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The perfect night for a celebration!

Published on the 17 December 2017 à 23:10 by SC/LM

Lyon took the lead early through Fekir and after a difficult first half, ran out deserved 2-0 winners over Marseille in the Olympico to reclaim third place on the table, behind Monaco on goal difference. The perfect way to celebrate Joel Bats and the Bad Gones...


6’. Fekir's free-kick is helped into the goal by a terrible Mandanda mistake. 1-0
14’. Superb save from Lopes from Rami's header.
32’. Rolando headers over.
37’. Another great save from Lopes to deny Ocampos.
51’. Mariano powers home a header from close range. 2-0.
70’. Free-kick from Payet flies over.
73’. Sanson's half-volley hits the outside of the post.
84’. Double chance for Cornet and then Memphis.
90+3'. Triple save from Lopes, against Luiz Gustavo and Sanson.


This evening's match marked the last ever at Groupama Stadium for the legendary Jo Bats and the 30th anniversary of the Bad Gones supporter group. The atmosphere was electric inside the stadium and a sell-out crowd was ready to celebrate. After just five minutes of play, the crowd erupted when Fekir's long-range free-kick could only be helped into the net by Mandanda. Marseille came back into the game and Lopes produced a great save to deny Rami. And then another to keep out Ocampos. Les Lyonnais were struggling, but held on to the break.

OL returned from the interval with renewed ambition. Mandanda was called into action several times, but could do nothing when Cornet produced a gem of a cross to the back post where Mariano headed home. Les Lyonnais had lifted and it was Marseille that were struggling. In the final minutes Lopes was saved by his post from Sanson. OM couldn't find a way back into the game and Lopes was simply stunning in keeping a clean sheet in the final seconds. The win sees Lyon climb three points above their rivals on the night and level with second-placed Monaco. The perfect night!


Anthony Lopes unbeatable!

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bad Gones, Anthony Lopes wore special gloves to mark the occasion. And his tribute to the fans didn't stop there. The Lyon goalie was imperial throughout the match. While he needed the woodwork to deny Sanson's shot (73’), he did it all himself to keep out Rami's header (14’), Ocampos' near-range effort (37’) and the long-range missile from Gustavo (93’). His performance was also a great parting gift from Groupama Stadium for his mentor, Joël Bats.



Lyon scored their fourth direct free-kick of the season - the highest tally of any side in Ligue 1. After Memphis Depay away to Rennes, Bertrand Traoré against Bordeaux and Nabil Fekir in the last second vs Monaco, the Lyon skipper was at it again at Groupama Stadium. Counting his free-kick against Angers in Week 35 last season, the No.18 is a veritable dead-ball specialist with three free-kick goals in 2017 - more than any other player in Ligue 1. 


Expert Eye

Jérémy Berthod:
"We were a little bit lucky in the first half. We managed to open the scoring, but it was a tough opening 45 minutes. We woke up in the second half. It was a great win, which is great for the confidence even if it wasn't the most convincing victory. We were always in control defensively. Marseille threw up a real physical challenge and, overall, we stood up to it well. It's a real morale-boosting win."



Groupama Stadium, Lyon.

L1 (Wk.18): OL 2-0 Olympique de Marseille (H-T: 1-0)

Referee: Benoît Bastien. Spectators: 57,500.

Goals: Fekir 6’, Mariano 51’.

Bookings: Rolando (M) 26’, Lopez (M) 66’.

OL: Lopes – Tete, Marcelo, Morel, Marçal – Tousart, Ndombele (Memphis, 83’) – Cornet, Fekir (cap.) (Mendy, 90+1’), Aouar – Mariano (Ferri, 79’). Coach: Bruno Genesio.

OM : Mandanda – Sakai, Rami, Rolando, Amavi – Anguissa (Lopez, 62’), Luiz Gustavo – Thauvin, Payet (cap.), Ocampos (Mitroglou, 59’) – Germain (Sanson, 69’). Coach: Rudi Garcia.


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