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Ligue 1: OL relaunch by beating OM and are no longer play-offs

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Ligue 1: OL relaunch by beating OM and are no longer play-offs

The match: 1-0

Beaten in its last two Championship matches, Olympique Lyonnais bounced back and reassured itself this Sunday at home, beating an Olympique de Marseille who were too limited offensively (1-0).

Pierre Sage had warned before the match: “I cannot accept losing twice against the same team. » The OL coach made sure to put his words into practice by making strong choices from the kick-off. Dejan Lovren, Rayan Cherki and Corentin Tolisso started the match on the bench and the decisions of Sage, who opted for starts for Gift Orban, Nemanja Martic, two winter recruits, bore fruit.

Ernest Nuamah, who accompanied Alexandre Lacazette, was not always fair, but he was terribly disconcerting for the Marseillais and in particular for Quentin Merlin who was playing his first match in the colors of OM. This meeting will perhaps not remain a positive memory for the former Nantais who gave way to Ulysses Garcia, in the 81st minute, worn out by his duel with the number 37 of Lyon, decisive passer on the only goal of the match scored by Alexandre Lacazette. The Lyon captain, who had difficulty starting his season – like the rest of his team – now has ten goals in Ligue 1 and could even have scored a double on another offering from Nuamah (43rd).

On the Marseille side, the weeks follow one another and are always similar with just as much poverty on the offensive level. And the returns from the CAN hardly brought the expected light even if Amine Harit almost scored the goal of the year on the kick-off (see elsewhere). The Phocaeans had to wait until the 69th minute to score their first attempt through the same Harit who saw his ball pushed back at the last minute by Lopes. Clumsy when it was not non-existent, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw his dive pushed back on the line by Maitland-Niles who was successful since the ball hit the bar before fleeing the Lyon net.

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After two consecutive setbacks in Ligue 1, OL are finally moving forward, leaving 16th place, synonymous with a play-off, for 15th, while OM, who have still not tasted success in 2024 in the Championship , stagnates in 8th place, far from its ambitions at the start of the season.

The player: Matic, already essential

His last match dates back to December 17, 2023, 33 minutes played during the draw between Rennes, his former club, and Toulouse (0-0). Nemanja Matic, recruited this winter by OL after a series of twists and turns, did not seem to be lacking in rhythm for his first appearance in more than a month and a half. Against OM, lined up from the start alongside Maxence Caqueret, he was one of the most prominent Lyonnaises. He was the first to call on Pau Lopez, the Olympian goalkeeper, with a left shot from Matic in the 4th minute.

Before giving way to Paul Akouokou, he was the Lyonnais who had touched the most balls (46) and the one who had recovered the greatest number (8). At the microphone of Prime, Maxence Caqueret did not hide his pleasure of evolving with the former midfielder of Manchester United, Chelsea or Roma: “He is someone who has a lot of experience, he brings serenity. He’s further behind me, so it’s up to me to compensate, to do the shopping so that we understand each other well. »

The fact: Harit’s cross on the kick-off

We came very close to the best goal of the season which might even have changed the scenario of the match. At the start of the match, Amine Harit, the OM midfielder, tried to lob Anthony Lopes, the OL goalkeeper, from the central circle. The ball, lightly touched by the Rhone goalkeeper, hit the cross ball without entering the back of the net, to the delight of the Lyonnais who narrowly avoided the bamboo blow after only seven seconds of play.

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