held in check by Nantes, Lyon still at a standstill

held in check by Nantes, Lyon still at a standstill

Alexandre Lacazette scored his 150th goal in the Lyon jersey, overtaking Bernard Lacombe. OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE / AFP

OL conceded this Friday against FNC (1-1) a third consecutive draw in the league.

Lyon is not advancing. Stuck in the soft belly, OL conceded a third consecutive draw in the league, against Nantes (1-1). A logical parity score. Far from having filled up for this opening match of the 28th day, Groupama Stadium was quickly disillusioned by attending Nantes’ quick opener. After a duel won by Riou by Mohamed, the ball bounced off the unfortunate Lukeba to finish in the back of the net (0-1, 2nd).

Trapped from the start, OL reacted well and gradually took control of the debates. The essential Lacazette was responsible for making this leap happen. After a big highlight, the captain of Les Gones was able to resist Pallois before deceiving Lafont in force (1-1, 24th). His 150th goal in the Lyon jersey, which allowed him to overtake legend Bernard Lacombe and become the second top scorer in OL history, behind the untouchable Fleury Di Nallo (222 goals).

Lacazette comes out on injury

Irreproachable on the goals conceded, Riou and Lafont then fought a big duel from a distance, chaining saving parades in turn. The Lyon goalkeeper pulled out all the stops ahead of Mohamed (36th) and Guessand (50th), while his Nantes counterpart got the better of Lacazette (45th+1) and Caqueret (52nd). His team held in check, Laurent Blanc opted for offensive coaching by launching Cherki and Jeffinho. But the rapid exit of Lacazette through injury (65th) cut off the momentum of the Rhodaniens.

Harmless during an end to the game without rhythm, the Gones even conceded several dangerous counterattacks, but badly negotiated by the Canaries. As in the first leg (0-0), Lyonnais and Nantes were unable to decide. But the two teams will meet one last time this season, in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France (April 5). And this time, there will be a winner.

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