OL wins the first goal of Ligue 1 against Ajaccio with a goal from Lacazette

OL wins the first goal of Ligue 1 against Ajaccio with a goal from Lacazette

Game: 2-1

OL and Ajaccio opened the new Ligue 1 season with a fierce duel that ended 10-10 with Lyon narrowly winning (2-1). Peter Bosz’s side took advantage of their great start – and their two goals in twenty minutes were scored by Mateus Tetê and Alexandre Lacazette – to resist the return of the Corsicans who could have celebrated their return to the top flight with a point.

When Anthony Lopes received his red card for a penalty after just 26 minutes of play and with OL already 2-0 up (see elsewhere), the 50,000 crowd at the Groupama Stadium certainly had the impression of reliving the nightmares of last season. . OL had made a specialty of wasted leads and self-shortening. The new captain of Ajaccio, Thomas Mangani, was in charge of transforming the offer in front of the incoming Rémy Riou and of cooling the atmosphere a little more (2-1, 31st).

This time, the Lyons kept the lead until the end and set about starting the season with a well-deserved success. The over-commitment of Romain Hamouma who has received two yellow cards in an electric first period has helped them a lot. The former Stéphanois has put the two teams in numerical equality by pushing Paqueta just before the break (45th + 4). All things being equal, the promoted Ajax did not find the resources to compete with a declared and natural candidate for the podium.

Before the kamikaze exit from their last wall, Peter Bosz’s men had made a perfect start behind their general Alexandre Lacazette (see elsewhere). When returning from the changing rooms, Paqueta and especially Lepenant blocked all the spaces, ensuring the connection with the attacking trio, which had been sorely lacking last season. As the last bastion, Rémy Riou has ruled out two or three hot situations, flying above all to divert a lob from Riad Nouri (59th) in extremis.

The fact: This time, Lopes saw red

Anthony Lopes’ pitches have fueled many long debates lately. Some criticize him for endangering the physical integrity of his opponents, taking as an example the exit due to injury of Kylian Mbappé following a confrontation with the Portuguese in January 2018. The main stakeholder defends himself by arguing that he did it to protect- se and without intent to harm or do so. to be wrong On Friday evening, he violently beat Mounaïm El Idrissy at the entrance to the surface. Referee Benoît Bastien did not hesitate, he felt that Lopes’ gesture justified the designation of the penalty spot and the issuance of a red card.

The player: Alexandre Lacazette with fond memories of 2017

Five years after his departure from Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette could not have dreamed of a better reunion with his training club. The new OL captain contributed a lot to his team’s victory by participating in both goals. Before the meeting, he had announced his transformation, explaining that he had become a more collective player and less attracted to the goal. He had the opportunity to prove it from the 10th minute by offering the first goal to Mateus Tetê. In action, Lacazette put his team-mate in prime condition for a pass by turning on his way back to goal after making the perfect call in the heart of the box.

The general could not return to his lands without shaking the nets. Twelve minutes after his offer, Lacazette scored in an exercise that he mastered perfectly: he converted a penalty caused by the restless Tetê. He needed at least his two goal lead to win this first game.


Alexandre Lacazette scored his 101st goal in Ligue 1 against Ajaccio on Friday night.


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