OL de Lacazette pass their back-to-school test

Thanks to a strong start to the match and an Alexandre Lacazette who shone for his comeback (a pawn on the penalty spot and an offering), OL began their season with a victory (2-1), despite the madness of Anthony Lopes, in a game that ended ten against ten. The promoted Ajaccien will not have to be ashamed of his rediscovery of the elite.

Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 AC Ajaccio

Goals: Head (12e) and Lacazette (22esp) // Mangani(31esp) for ACA.
Expulsions: Lopes (27e) for OL // Hamouma (45e+4) for the ACA.

The 2021-2022 Ligue 1 season was fireworks and his successor seems to be starting on the same basis. While Corsica reappeared in Ligue 1 this Friday thanks to AC Ajaccio, the smallest budget of the elite annoyed Olympique Lyonnais, but paid for their nightmarish start to the game (2-1). In this thrilling evening, full of twists and turns and perfect as a kick-off for a new exercise, Parc OL was able to cheer on its heroes Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso, reconnect with its classics – penalty for Lyon transformed by the General, attack by Anthony Lopes – and regain a taste for what he had missed: those evenings when OL could lose their footing at any time. This time, it worked in favor of Peter Bosz and his troupe.

A well-made head


Facing the very academic 4-4-2 Corsican, Lyon tested the ground with a movement between Alexandre Lacazette, Houssem Aouar and Lucas Paquetá aborted by Ismaël Diallo (6e), as well as a vicious strike from Tetê to warm up Benjamin Leroy (7e). Five minutes later, it was on a new circuit full axis Paquetá-Lepenant-Lacazette-Tetê that OL opened the scoring with a nice flat foot from the Brazilian winger (1-0, 12e), the Rhone captain signing him an inspired decisive pass in pivot. Untenable and very prominent, the former Shakhtar was not content with his goal and took advantage of a launch from Thiago Mendes to trap Cédric Avinel in the sixteen meters; Lacazette did not ask so much to revive his Ligue 1 goal counter (101 now), for his return to the top flight (2-0, 22e). We thought the outcome of the part was already sealed, but the Acéistes found oxygen and an exit Schumachesque from Anthony Lopes on Mounaïm El Idrissy – after a kick from Vincent Marchetti – allowed specialist Thomas Mangani to close the gap while launching his second Ajaccio adventure in fine style.

With OL outnumbered after the exclusion of their crazy goalkeeper, Romain Hamouma chained the situations while missing in the finish, while Malo Gusto forced Leroy to tap (41e). And just before the break, the ACA veteran ate a second yellow – a sinter with Lacazette in good memories of the derbies then an elbow on Paquetá – and put the two teams in numerical equality (45e+4). In second, it was Riad Nouri, on a new delicious ball slipped by Marchetti, who almost celebrated his baptism in Ligue 1 with a goal, at 37, but saw Rémy Riou – replacing Lopes and honoring his great first with his training club – relax superbly (59e). For the rest, OL eased off and contained the islanders’ desires rather well. The main thrill after the interval, finally, will have been the entry of Corentin Tolisso and his vibrant reunion with the Lyon public. For the record, at the end of the match, seven of the eleven Lyonnais on the lawn were trained at the club; but the next generation, symbolized by Bradley Barcola (86e) and Rayan Cherki (90e+1), will not have been able to make the break at the end of the game. Tonight was more for the old guard, anyway. OL (4-3-3): A. Lopes – Gusto, T. Mendes, Lukeba, Tagliafico – Tetê, Paquetá (Tolisso, 75e), Lepenant, Aouar (Riou, 30e) – Head (Cherki, 89e), Lacazette, Toko Ekambi (Barcola, 75e). Coach : Peter Bosch.

ACA (4-4-2): Leroy – Alphonse, A. Gonzalez, Avinel, I. Diallo – Bayala (Spadanuda, 71e), Marchetti (Coutadeur, 89e), Mangani (Laci, 89e), Nouri (Cimignani, 71e) – El Idrissy (Moussiti-Oko, 71e), Hamouma. Coach : Olivier Pantaloni.

By Jeremy Baron

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