It wasn't until their eighth home game that Olympique Lyonnais finally got their first home win against Toulouse (3-0) on Sunday. Les Gones were buoyed by a hat-trick from Alexandre Lacazette (25′, 29′, 80′) and may be holding on to their benchmark match, without leaving last place in Ligue 1.
For once, OL were in control of the game for 90 minutes. The disparaged managers, such as Maxence Caqueret, have been able to raise their level of play. Captain Lacazette rediscovered his efficiency by scoring three times, on the lookout for second balls after corners or free-kicks. The former France international, each time in the thick of the box, scored as many in 55 minutes as he had done in 11 games.
Lopes at fault but decisive
Lyon found their striker and found a new attacking force, scoring each time from set pieces. This success had already been seen in Lens last weekend (2-3) and is one of the trademarks of coach Pierre Sage.
Initially appointed as an interim, the former coach of the academy seduced and seemed to have the support of his dressing room. Owner John Textor – seated next to his predecessor Jean-Michel Aulas in a funny picture – attended the meeting, and may have been persuaded to extend his technician's lease.
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While waiting to be decided on his fate, Pierre Sage appreciated the solidity of his defence and, this time, no individual mistakes undermined the good collective performance. Not even Anthony Lopes' very risky and dangerous run at the feet of Frank Magri (42'), which was rightly punished with a penalty.
But the Portuguese goalkeeper made up for it by repelling Thijs Dallinga's soft shot, as if the contrary elements were finally history for OL. Less inclined to possess the ball in the second half, Lyon contained the meagre assaults of a Téfécé whose financial situation was worrying.
Consistent in the Europa League, the Haut-Garonne have not won in Ligue 1 for two and a half months. They are in 15th place (13 points) and could finish Matchday 15 in the play-off position if Lorient take at least a point against Marseille, at 21 p.m. And OL, last but reinvigorated, are only three points behind.