Confirmed. That was OL’s goal this afternoon six days after their success on Monegasque soil. Lorient’s reception should allow him to regain this precious 3rd place for next season. Only this success in Monaco has cost dearly in terms of men. Caqueret, Marcelo and Memphis were suspended, in addition to Bard, Denayer and Benlamri, all injured. Fortunately for Rudi Garcia, the league was lenient with De Sciglio he could align in the axis of the defense in the company of Diomandé. Aouar also found a little playing time, just like Cherki rewarded with a start thanks to his goal last weekend. Up front, it was Kadewere who was playing alone at the forefront against Lorient’s 5-man defense.
Reinforced, this block took all the same water from the first minutes with this long balloon of Paqueta bound for the head of Cherki a little out of frame (1st). We found the young attacking midfielder at work a few minutes later. Shifted to the left by Aouar, he stared at his defender before sending a powerful shot deflected by Gravillon (6th). The two Lyonnais trained at the club had a good time in this match. They even reversed the roles with Cherki at the wand for his partner, whose shot still could not find the frame (20th). With all its absentees, Lyon did not show itself in a great day but did not undergo much either.
OL play in the second half
There was little more than this attempt by Wissa to report (22nd). It lacked rhythm to worry the Lorient defense, even if this triple opportunity could have been a game-changer before the break. Twice, Nardi won his duel with a sluggish Kadewere, while Abergel countered Guimaraes’ strike when the goal had been deserted (39th). The Zimbabwean striker did not escape Garcia’s sentence at the break and gave way to Slimani. The pace rose slightly in rhythm. OL found more solutions ahead, like Aouar at a firm angle (52nd). In the hard for a few weeks, the international community came to remind everyone that he had achieved a great Final 8.
On a ball from Cherki, he carried out a control in a sumptuous coat rack to deceive Nardi at close range (1-0, 53rd). In the process, the goalkeeper had to achieve some miracles against Guimaraes and Cornet (58th), then against Toko Ekambi but the ball came back to Paqueta who only had to push to the bottom (2-0, 65th). The Hake had just abdicated. Because if Nardi pushed back Guimaraes’ penalty, the referee sanctioned the goalkeeper for leaving his line too early. The second attempt was the right one for the Brazilian midfielder (3-0, 72nd). He even offered himself a double on this one-two with Slimani (4-0, 77th). OL did the job and could simply regret this goal conceded at the end of the game, an unstoppable shot from Monconduit in the top corner (4-1, 83rd). Les Gones take a two-point lead, waiting for the Monaco game tomorrow.
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The classification of Ligue 1.