March 26, 2023

The new goal of Alexandre Lacazette, now the only second top scorer in OL history, was not enough for Les Gones to win against Nantes (1-1).

Alexandre Lacazette is definitely one of the only glimmers of hope, at the moment, for Olympique Lyonnais. A week ago, the return from injury of the Rhone captain, author of a double at the end of the game, had allowed OL to snatch a good point from Lille (3-3). This Friday, Lacazette scored again against Nantes (1-1), but the draw offered by his goal has a completely different flavor.

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At Groupama Stadium, Laurent Blanc’s men were picked cold, with a recovery from Andrei Girotto in the feet of Maxence Caqueret, to launch Mostafa Mohamed. The Egyptian striker stumbled on Rémy Riou, who is still acting in the absence of Anthony Lopes, but the ball returned to the unfortunate Castello Lukeba, scorer against his camp (0-1, 2nd).

OL had the merit of reacting well, and it was quite logical that Alexandre Lacazette equalized, foxing the surfaces (1-1, 24th). Under the watchful eye of Bernard Lacombe, whom he is now ahead of by a length, Lacazette has become the only second scorer in the history of his club, with now 150 achievements under the colors of Lyon.

Too bad for OL, the beautiful evening ended there. Lacazette stumbled at the end of the first period on an excellent Alban Lafont (45th + 2), and the second act was disappointing. Lacazette also had to come out injured (65th), and the successive Lyon entrants, Jeffinho, Cherki, Dembélé and Aouar, did not bring much. It was even Nantes who had the best chance of the second period, with a counter initiated by Florent Mollet, and a shot from Mohamed (55th).

On arrival, this draw, if it allows Nantes to add a small point to its capital for maintenance, undoubtedly takes OL a little further away from European qualification by the championship. For Laurent Blanc’s men, the road to the Europa League undoubtedly passes through the Coupe de France, and therefore through this semi-final… in Nantes, on April 5. This Friday evening, neither of the two teams really took a psychological advantage over the other.

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