After racing into a 3-0 lead, Lyon were given a scare as Toulouse fought right back to 3-2, but the seven-time French champions held on for an important victory…
On the back of their excellent 3-0 win over Auxerre a week ago, Lyon were looking to go on with it against Toulouse and make the perfect start to a crucial month of December. Missing with injury for the last few weeksm Maxime Gonalons returned to the starting XI while, as it was against Auxerre, Yoann Gourcuff and Bafé Gomis began the game on the bench. But during the warm up, centre back Dejan Lovren pulled out of the match with injury.
Olympique Lyonnais at kick-off: Lloris, Réveillère, Cris, B.Koné, Cissokho, Gonalons, Källström, Briand, Ederson, Bastos, Lisandro.
After an even opening ten minutes, Toulouse created the first clear-cut chance of the game when Ninkov’s shot was spectacularly saved by Hugo Lloris (10’). The midfield battle was fierce as both sides looked to hit on the counterattack. From one such passage, Briand, released by Bastos, was tackled in extremis as he prepared to pull the trigger (23’). Less than a minute later, Michel Bastos sent an exocet missile flashing just wide. TFC striker Rivière was forced off with injury, replaced by Bulut. Les Lyonnais were struggling to find their passing range before they made the breakthrough with a set piece. Les Gones, once again, benefitted from the excellent dead ball delivery of Sweden midfielder Kim Källström who picked out Bako Koné for the header at the back post (38’).
Aly Cissokho then drew a save from the TFC shotstopper (42’) as the hosts headed to the break a goal to the good.
Alain Casanova’s side began the second period in enterprising fashion. But despite that, it was Lyon that added a second goal thanks to Ederson’s magnificent curling effort (52’). The Stade Gerland erupted and Les Olympiens could now look to control proceedings. Cris and Co. were riding high and Lisandro went close to adding goal number three with a free-kick (64’). Les Gones were unstoppable and Gonalons fed Lisandro in behind the defence and he was brought down for a clear penalty. The Argentine picked himself up and dispatched the resulting spot kick to make it 3-0 (66’). Two minutes later Toulouse responded with a stunning 35 metre strike from Bulut that beat Lloris. The match then changed on its head when referee, after failing to award a free-kick for Källström, gave a generous penalty to the TFC. Sissoko slammed home the penalty (75’). Suddenly back in the game with 15 minutes left, Toulouse pushed for an equaliser. Lisandro and Ederson made way for Gomis and Fofana. From a Cissokho cross, Bafé Gomis missed the chance to make the game safe, denied by Ahamada (89’). But Les Gones held on to pocket three important points.