first team / Dinamo 1-7 OL

They've done it!

Published on the 07 December 2011 à 22:40

Les Lyonnais produced the performance of the round, defeating Dinamo Zagreb 7-1 and qualifying, in extremis, for the last-16 of the Champions League against all the odds.

OL needed a miracle to book their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League as they took on Dinamo Zagreb on Match Day 6. Cris and Co. no longer held their fate in their own hands as they were also relying on Real Madrid recording a sizeable win over Ajax Amsterdam. Rémi Garde decided to rest several regular starters as he lined-up at kick-off with: Lloris, Dabo, B.Koné, Lovren, Cissokho, Gonalons, Fofana, Briand, Gourcuff, Lacazette, Gomis.

The start to the game lacked any veritable cutting edge. Yoann Gourcuff tried his luck from 20 metres out, but his effort flew well over (10'). Les Lyonnais struggled to get into the game. Jimmy Briand, released by Gourcuff, chipped the ball over the on-rushing Kelava, but was denied by the frame of the goal (15'). Moments later it was Sammir that forced Hugo Lloris into action. Croatian midfielder Leko then picked up two yellow cards inside 15 first-half minutes and was sent off (26').  Despite a couple of half chances, OL failed to really trouble the visitors' defence. Alexandre Lacazette then thought he'd opened the scoring, only to be harshly pulled up for a perceived foul on the Dinamo 'keeper (31').  Shortly after the young Lyon striker saw denied by a goal-line clearance and in the end, it was the Croatian league leaders that took the lead against the run of play. Hugo Lloris twice denied Beqiraj before the ball fell to Kovacic at the back post and he made no mistake (40'). Just before the break, a deflected Aly Cissokho cross fell to Bafé Gomis pushed the ball over the line to tie things up (44'). At half-time, Les Gones were yet to show they had what it took to take this game by the horns.

But it was a changed side at the start of the second period. Gonalons scored after getting on the end of Gourcuff's corner, flicked on by Briand (47'). Seconds later, Bafé Gomis scored two goals in quick succession after assists from Briand and Cissokho (48', 52') and that made it 4-1 for OL. The miracle, just an idea at kick-off, suddenly looked more realistic. Bafé Gomis, this time from a Dabo cross, tried an acrobatic effort that crashed back off the woodwork (63'). Licha, who replaced Lovren, then made it 5-1. And minutes later, Bafé Gomis got his fourth of the evening thanks to a ferocious shot. The miracle was coming true! Jimmy Briand then got his name on the scoresheet (75').  And it was done! OL had qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League and the final whistle saw scenes of unbridled joy at the Stade Gerland!

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