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Ligue 1: Lyon beats Saint-Étienne by the narrowest of margins (1-0)

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Olympique Lyonnais confirmed their start to recovery by winning 1-0 against their rivals from Saint-Etienne on Friday evening in the opening match of the 22nd day of Ligue 1. The Lyonnais temporarily go back to 10th place. ASSE, which is now seven defeats in a row in the league, remains red lantern.

Lyon painfully beat Saint-Etienne (1-0) at the end of the 124th derby between the two rival clubs counting for the 22nd day of Ligue 1 football at the end of a low level match far from removing doubts as to the ability of OL to return to the top of the table. On the contrary, even given the inability of the Lyonnais to technically master a meeting that they should have made easier. With this second consecutive victory after that obtained just as difficultly in Troyes on a penalty (1-0), on January 16, Lyon only rises, provisionally, to 10th place, six lengths behind Marseille (3rd).

OL have a second success in a row for the second time this season

For their part, the Greens who concede a seventh consecutive defeat in Ligue 1 continue to drag themselves in last place with, for the time being, Ligue 2 as the only horizon. It is only the second time this season, in the league, that Olympique Lyonnais, which was aiming for qualification for the Champions League in the spring, has had a second consecutive success in the league after those obtained against Nantes (1-0), on 27 August, and Strasbourg (3-1), September 12.

An eternity confirming the irregularity of the Rhodaniens who will now go to the revealer against Marseille, Monaco, Nice, Lens and Lille. We will then know what the real potential of Lyon is. And we will also arrive at the end of February, a deadline set by President Jean-Michel Aulas to take stock of the club’s collaboration with coach Peter Bosz, who arrived at the start of the season but whose results are disappointing. And the performance against Saint-Etienne is not encouraging for the future.

Moussa Dembélé transforms a penalty at the start of the match

In front of 5,000 spectators in a 60,000-seat stadium due to the gauges imposed by the State and the health crisis, which contributed to making the spectacle even sadder, it was Moussa Dembélé who gave OL the advantage. (15th). He converted a penalty awarded logically for a foul committed on himself by Timothée Kolodziejczak. But against the last in the standings, adopting an ultra defensive game plan imposed on it by the many absentees in its workforce, Olympique Lyonnais delivered a match without ambition with a starting lineup in 5-4-1.

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Dembélé was totally isolated up front and weaned off balls before being replaced by Tino Kadewere (62), and five defenders including full-backs, Léo Dubois and Henrique, unable to overflow. In addition, the players supposed to lead the game, Houssem Aouar, whose two attempts were rejected by goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni (38, 56), and Lucas Paquetà were quite disappointing.

ASSE failed to take advantage of Lyon’s feverishness

Thus, OL gave ASSE the opportunity to grow bolder and even get back into the game with a header from Mahdi Camara diverted by Anthony Lopes (42). And coach Pascal Dupraz felt the excitement of the Lyonnais. He tried to provoke something with the entries of Bakary Sako, Jean-Philippe Krasso and Sada Thioub, three attackers who joined Arnaud Nordin.

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Without success, for lack of sufficient talent to create chances and reverse the course of things even if the Stéphanois dominated the second period. For his part, Bernardoni again intervened on an attempt by Kadewere (74) while OL badly negotiated a few offensives.

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