Lille, a success by a mousehole. The northern club got away with it in extremis against a Lyon which will undoubtedly come out frustrated from this poster for the 26th day. Dominating throughout the game, the Gones suffered a major offensive breakdown against a northern team which, conversely, was able to demonstrate opportunism (0-1). Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men can also thank VAR, which prevented OL from equalizing late in the game with a controversial decision. In the standings, this oh so precious success allows the Mastiffs to move up to 8th place, passing in front of their evening opponents. Either the big deal in the perspective of the race for Europe.
Last season, Lille came to win in Lyon after a crazy match, a result that had taken him to his title of champion of France. Les Dogues have once again proven that they travel quite well at Groupama Stadium. Even if, this time, it will undoubtedly be necessary to forget the manner. Copiously jostled and in difficulty on the restart, LOSC suffered a lot. And it was by a small miracle that he managed to get out of it. As proof, it was after one of their rare possession phases that Lille managed to open the scoring. Xeka improvised on the right side to center and allow the improbable Gabriel Gudmundsson to find the fault (0-1, 35th). A funny goal.
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The maximum efficiency of Lille contrasted with the scarcity of the Lyonnais, who never managed to materialize their hold on the game on the scoreboard. They came across a great Léo Jardim, author of several important interventions to put his team in good shape (11th, 40th, 71st). They also wasted clear chances, whether Lucas Paqueta (53rd) or Tino Kadewere, whose point-blank shot was blocked (68th). Constantly on the edge, LOSC bent without ever breaking and OL ended up getting annoyed until an action in the last moments of the match which could cause a lot of talk.
For Lille, everything could have changed when, on a complicated back pass from Tiago Djalo, Léo Jardim missed his clearance, slightly tripping over the lawn, under pressure from Paqueta. The Brazilian then thought he had equalized by scoring in the empty goal (86th). But the VAR intervened and, after viewing the images, the referee whistled a foul against the Lyon player. Suffice to say that LOSC is doing very, very well in this part.
It was undoubtedly a game not to be lost for the two contenders for a European place next season. And so it’s a very nasty defeat for Lyon, who seemed to have their subject under control at home but still can’t turn the tide against one of their pet peeves in Ligue 1. For Lille, this hold-up is ideal: the club forgets the lesson inflicted by Chelsea in the middle of the week and returns to four small points from fourth place, when OL are glued to tenth place. In short, the evening was beautiful for the Mastiffs.
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