A fall for Olympique Lyonnais! Rudi Garcia’s team suffered its first setback of the season on Tuesday. With a starting XI reshuffled due to forced turnover, she lost on the field of Montpellier, a place where her coach has never won. Les Gones had a nightmare end of the first, with in particular the expulsion of their new captain Houssem Aouar, and then it was too complicated to get back to the place.
Aouar saw red
However, the game had started well for the Rhone and they were close to being in front from the 3rd minute, was it not for the opposing post, which repelled the attempt of Karl-Toko Ekambi. The latter has definitely not been varnished for a month, and his failures in the face of goal are often synonymous with a frustrating evening for his training.
After a big miss from Andy Delort (27th), the match changed in the 37th minute when Léo Dubois made a mistake in the box. The penalty was logical and Savanier successfully transformed it into a pretty panenka. A first hard blow which was followed by another for OL. Just before the break, Aouar left his teammates at ten for a big sole on Arnaud Souquet. An expulsion that seemed a little harsh, even after resorting to VAR.
Savanier, the executioner of the Gones
With one less man and one goal to climb, the task of the Lyonnais had become delicate. This did not prevent them from being enterprising in the second half. Unfortunately for them, they have been less effective than their opponents. Admittedly, the incoming Memphis Depay reduced the score in the 82nd on penalty, but the Dutch striker also harvested in front (73rd), as did Marcelo (70th). While in front, Savanier, decidedly in spirit, did not miss the opportunity to ensure the break. In the 59th, and on an excellent offering from Mihailo Ristic, he placed a shot low to the post, which ended in the back and which weighed heavily at the time of the final whistle.
Authors of a very good first hour of play, materialized by 2 goals, the Montpellier residents then courageously resisted the Lyonnais assaults to offer themselves a magnificent victory!
⚽️ Savannah (sp 39 ‘& 58’)
– MHSC (@MontpellierHSC) September 15, 2020
In the end, Montpellier therefore won 2 to 1, extending their great series at home. Der Zakarian’s team overtake their opponent of the day in the standings. For OL, this is a boring misstep, even if there is nothing alarming at this stage of the season. The Gones have the chance to replay on Friday to try to bounce back.