The weeks and the matches go by, Lille continues to seduce. This team has a style, a brand, a visible and controlled operating method. She again attested in a duel at the top against Lyon, this Sunday evening, as a life-size opposition between collective strength and individual talent. This shock, Lille dominated in large proportions, even before the scenario made things easier for him.
It didn’t take long to see Lille set the tone. Jonathan Bamba, particularly in legs since the start of the season, lit a first wick (17th) before finding the opening on a little gem: a cannon shot to clean the skylight after a superb collective movement (1-0, 23rd). An opening of the score which cut the legs of Lyon, while the band in Garcia had begun to embolden by jumping in depth with a big opportunity for Toko-Ekambi (21st).
Like Lille, OL bet on quick attacks, but their circuits were not as fluid. And it is the LOSC which was close to a break in several hot situations, Yilmaz forcing Lopes to pull out all the stops (26th) before Bamba lacked precision this time (37th). The Lyonnais needed a boost to resurface: it occurred before the break, when Celik deflected a shot from Houssem Aouar (1-1, 41st) into his own goal. Everything had to be done again for Lille, who also had to resolve to continue without his defense boss, José Fonte, injured and left at the break.
Lille not varnished
In this pleasant and indecisive balance of power, another outcome then emerged when Marcelo left his teammates at ten for a nasty foul on Bamba from the start of the second act. In this configuration, the LOSC obviously increased the pressure during a last half hour one-way, but it lacked a little promptness and a zest of luck to these enterprising Mastiffs to achieve their ends. Bamba stumbled again on an explosive Lopes like a cat (61st), and Aurajo saw his missile shave the post (67th).
With this score of parity, Lille misses the opportunity to join the great PSG at the top of Ligue 1. But the content was there. OL, for their part, pulled off a point that was not enough to climb into the top 5.