Lacazette signs his return, Lepenant as a senior, Hamouma weighs in on the ACA… Find the Tops and Flops of Lyon’s victory over Ajaccio (2-1).
Lacazette and Tetê, connection established
The two players shone on the grass of the Groupama Stadium. Very fit, the Brazilian, who extended his loan to OL from Chakhtar Donetsk, lit the first fuses. Leroy first warns with a shot from 25 meters (7th). Then Tetê opened the scoring with a shot from the left after a great collective action and a magnificent delivery from Lacazette (11th). Very restless throughout the match, the Brazilian put Diallo in great difficulty. The “general” Lacazette was also very important for Lyon. The former Gunner made sure of his return to the Groupama Stadium by scoring his 101st goal for Lyon, five years after his 100th at the same venue. The French international converted a penalty awarded by Tetê (21st). The two players were highly sought after and were the best Lyonnais players on the pitch.
Lepenant gets his first
The young midfielder put in a good performance for his first official start with OL. Very comfortable with the ball, the former Caennais guided the game alongside Lucas Paqueta, with whom he combined a lot. The two men share the same footballing affinity and have worked hard on their technical relationship. After Lopes’ sending-off (see elsewhere) and Aouar’s default start, the 19-year-old from New Lyon played a very important role in recovering and retaining the ball, especially in the second half. A very good first performance for Johann Lepenant who has already put the Lyon fans in their pockets with some successful and applauded technical gestures.
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Volunteer El Idrissy
The heart forward posed problems for the Lyon defence. Well-struck deep, he was squarely beaten by Lopes and got a penalty converted by Mangani to revive Ajaccio who were then leading 2-0. Subsequently, he spent a lot of time and made himself available to his teammates on the offensive front, especially after the exclusion of Romain Hamouma. A shot to the right, a shot to the left, he was calling balls but found himself too isolated in front to finish the Corsican actions. A very encouraging first.
Thomas Mangani dictates the chorus game
The 35-year-old midfielder showed what prompted AC Ajaccio to sign him. Thomas Mangani had a great game alongside Marchetti. The former Angevin brought all his experience to Olivier Pantaloni’s team. He dictated the game and allowed his team to come back from 2-1 by taking Riou wrong-footed from the penalty spot (30th). In the second half, he was important in recovering high balls as his team put a lot of pressure on the Lyon defence. An experienced player who will be of great use in the promoted ranks.
The return of Lopes’ old demons
If he was one of the best from Lyon last campaign, Anthony Lopes starts this new exercise in the worst possible way. On a long ball to El Idrissy, the Portuguese international keeper comes out to repel the danger but manages to violently hit the striker in the face. He is logically excluded by Benoît Bastien after this clash so violent that it could have been more serious for El Idrissy, who will take his place. A sending-off that breaks his team’s rhythm and puts them in trouble as OL calmly lead 2-0. Usually, Lopes will miss his teammates in the next game, waiting to know what sauce the Disciplinary Commission will eat him.
Hamouma beats Ajaccio
The old Stéphanois had a bad time in the capital of Gaul. But good on the legs in the first minutes despite the whistles of the public, Romain Hamouma will be unstuck. He and Lacazette are cautioned first for “warming up” after an Ajax player was left on the ground in action (33rd). The 35-year-old winger then receives a second yellow card for an elbow to Paqueta’s face (48th). Thus he is sent off and puts the two teams at 10 against 10 while Ajaccio had the possibility to evolve in numerical superiority for a whole half and began to take charge of their rival. Hamouma sealed his own and can be blamed as the Corsicans could have left Lyon with a completely different result.
The struggling hearts side
Diallo and Alphonse pushed each other during this meeting. The two Corsican fullbacks had a lot of trouble containing Toko-Ekambi and especially Tetê in their lane. Diallo is also cautioned for an anti-play gesture at the Brazilian. Alphonse is a stone’s throw from the penalty spot on a bad delivery to Leroy that gives Tagliafico a clear chance. A difficult match for both players.