OL snatch a draw in Strasbourg in Ligue 1


The game: 1-1

In his fairly indefinable season, where he seems capable of just about anything, in the best and the worst, OL have added one more line to their list of the unexpected. Dominated for most of the game at La Meinau, quickly led, uninspired, undermined by the outings on injury of Anthony Lopes, Houssem Aouar then Tanguy Ndombele (see below), the Lyonnais ended up tearing off, when we no longer expected it, a lucky draw (1-1). Ten points from the podium, five from the top 5, OL managed to maintain a slim hope of obtaining a European jump seat via Ligue 1, and avoided spending an evening of grimaces before their return quarter-final of the Europa League. against West Ham, Thursday (1-1 first leg). For Strasbourg, on the other hand, the outcome is bitter, since Racing has long remained two points from the podium, before becoming disillusioned.

In addition to starting his latest recruit Tetê for the first time (invisible for an hour), Lyon coach Peter Bosz made the bet to completely change his defensive line compared to the draw won at West Ham on Thursday (1-1). Dubois, Denayer, Da Silva and Henrique replaced Gusto, Boateng, Lukeba and Emerson, and an obvious wavering was palpable. But regardless of the men, OL still have the same flaw this season: offering goals to their opponents with too much largesse. Strasbourg therefore did not hesitate to reap its gift, when Ibrahima Sissoko took advantage of the disagreement between Tanguy Ndombele, Léo Dubois and Anthony Lopes to open the scoring, after a deflection of the head of Ludovic Ajorque higher than Damien Da Silva (21st).

The action summed up a certain wait-and-see attitude from Lyon, while Strasbourg displayed a fierce desire to move forward. Because if Moussa Dembélé missed the equalizer by finding the bar with a knee recovery shortly after (28th), on a cross from Dubois, OL repeatedly failed to be broken (32nd, 33rd, 38th, 43rd ). Above all, the Lyonnais had a lot of trouble responding to Strasbourg’s aggressiveness in the midfield and the superb tactical coordination of Julien Stéphan’s team, on the pressing or in the ball outings.

In a more closed second period, we cannot say that Lyon displayed a frank reaction force. He even seemed close to the K.-O. on several Alsatian transitions. But OL had the merit of not giving in, and when they were no longer expected, they were able to decide. Well launched by Romain Faivre, Léo Dubois was able to adjust his first decisive cross of the season from the right of the surface, taken over by Karl Toko Ekambi at the far post, author of his 8th goal in Ligue 1 on this exercise (90th). Even the club’s Twitter account hadn’t anticipated this scenario, as it mistakenly sent a message of defeat at the final whistle. This team definitely confuses everyone.

The fact: the releases of Anthony Lopes, Houssem Aouar and Tanguy Ndombele

In a season already crossed by multiple waves, OL did not need that. While performing one of the best exercises of his career, Anthony Lopes was injured this Sunday at a pivotal moment in the Lyon season. The Portuguese international received a crutch from Ibrahima Sissoko, visibly on one thigh, in the continuity of the action of the Strasbourg midfielder on the opener (20th). After trying to grit his teeth, Lopes left the field ten minutes later, replaced by Julian Pollersbeck.

His absence on Thursday against West Ham would be a huge blow for Peter Bosz … who was not at the end of his bad surprises. Houssem Aouar asked to be substituted on the hour mark, holding the back of his left knee. In the last ten minutes, Tanguy Ndombele also left the field with a grimace, his hand taped to the back of his left thigh. The reviews will tell if these three can hold their ground Thursday against the Hammers.



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