OL fall at home against Strasbourg and move a little further from the top 5

On behalf of the 19th day of Ligue 1, Olympique Lyonnais received Racing Club de Strasbourg at Groupama Stadium this Saturday evening. Les Gones, eighth in the standings, were forced to win at home to temporarily return to three points behind Lille, 7th in the championship, and thus hope to return to the cup in the top 5, qualifying for the European Cups. For this meeting, Laurent Blanc trusted Cherki in attack, while the winter rookie Lovren supported Diomande and Lukeba in the hinge at 3. For his part, Julien Stéphan kept his usual defense at 5 in front of Sels, while Diallo replaced Ajorque in the offensive doublet alongside Gameiro.

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The Alsatian formation, dressed in black in Rhone lands, was quickly surprised by the high positioning of the Lyonnais, who could have created their first opportunity if Nyamzi had not muzzled Cherki (1st). The latter served Toko Ekambi in the area, who saw his recovery pass not far from the last rampart of Racing (5th). Tolisso, too imprecise (11th), and Cherki, defeated by Sels (12th), in turn worried the Strasbourg defense. On a quick transition, Gameiro tried to get a penalty against Lukeba, without success (24th). Cherki, served on a center back from Gusto, but Sels was still on the spot (25th). A lack of lucidity sanctioned in stride…

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Indeed, on a returning corner, Aholou took the clearance in one touch and deceived Lopes with a beautiful volley in the small net (0-1, 25th). Followed by a scramble in the Lyon penalty area, allowing Diallo to push the ball into the goals of the Portuguese international, too late to remove the ball (0-2, 32nd). Alexandre Lacazette, taking advantage of a hand from I. Sissoko, took Sels on the wrong foot (1-2, 45 + 2nd), who saved his team on the volley from Tagliafico (45 + 6th). Upon returning from the locker room, Thiago Mendes sounded the revolt with two strikes, above (46th) then captured by the Belgian goalkeeper (50th). Toko Ekambi, at the far post, could not manage the trajectory of his head (52nd).

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Imperial despite the penalty conceded, Sels was vigilant to reassure his teammates, especially on the center-shot of Cherki (62nd). Enough to leave his family, not far from taking the break a second time by Aholou (65th) or by H. Diarra, beaten by Lopes (71st). Despite a good sequence in front of the zone of truth, Tolisso completely missed his shot from the left (76th). After a big domination in the last opposing third, the Gones did not seem to find the fault a second time in the goals of Sels, despite the mess at the end of the match (87th) and the lob of Cherki (90 + 2nd). With this defeat (1-2), Lyon remains 8th and moves away a little more from Europe. Strasbourg leaves the red zone and gives itself air in the fight to maintain.

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