OL sign their 5th success this evening in 5 Europa League games this season. Peter Bosz’s men seated their first place a little more, already assured before kick-off.
The Lyonnais struggled in the first half. They had the possession but not the opportunities. Brondby even opened the scoring early in the second half, before Cherki’s brace to put OL back in the right direction. Slimani scored the 3rd goal.
Found in depth, the Cameroonian striker has a face to face game. He decides to go off-center but can no longer kick and the goalkeeper recovers the ball.
The Lyon goalkeeper folds well on a low cross from the left. The victory is slowly looming for OL.
Another very young player for OL this evening. The Lyon defender was born in 2004. He replaces Malo Gusto.
The Brazilian remains on the ground and shows the referee the mark of Tshiembe’s crampons on his shin. Big footing from the Brondby defender who deserves at least a yellow card.
The Algerian is efficient this season in the Europa League. This time he helped himself with his arm to eliminate the defender but the video assistance decided to grant the goal anyway.
As soon as it comes into play, Paqueta is already making a difference. He fixes the defense then centers on Slimani, who passes in front of Mensah and comes to place his head to conclude at close range and register the 3rd Lyon goal. 3-1.
For this end of the match, OL are reorganized in 4-2-3-1 with Guimaraes and Caqueret in front of the defense, Toko Ekambi on the left side and Paqueta in 10. Cherki remains on the right and Slimani is now alone at the forefront.
It is the heavy artillery which returns for the OL. Dembélé, Thiago Mendes, Keita and Kadewere give up their place.
Well served in the box, the Swede completely unscrews his shot. No regrets, however, as he was finally signaled in an offside position.
Launched by Gusto on the right side, he eliminated a defender physically, a second with a hook behind the leg, before striking with his left foot at the near post. Superb goal from the young Frenchman, which allows OL to take the advantage in this meeting. 2-1.
Florent Manaudou is present at the Brondby Stadion this evening to follow OL, of which he is a supporter. He certainly enjoys being with his future wife, the Danish Pernille Blume, Olympic champion in the 50-meter freestyle in Rio.
The Lyonnais reacted immediately after Brondby’s opener. After a volley from Slimani pushed back by the keeper, Riveros lost the ball in the middle of the box in front of Rayan Cherki. The young Lyon midfielder followed immediately with a flat left foot to equalize and score his first goal of the season with OL. 1-1.
The Lyon striker was edged out by goalkeeper Brondby, but it turned out to be nothing. OL must react and the attacking duo will have to succeed in finding the loophole.
We had to wait almost two minutes after the goal, but it was validated. Brondby leads well 1-0 thanks to Uhre.
The referee communicates with the VAR before awarding the goal. The Lyonnais have contested but what they claim is not clear. Presumably there is no offside or foul, but the check is dragging on.
The Brondby striker appeared in the Lyon area when he received a cross from Hedlund. At close range, he throws himself to push the ball into the net. 1-0 for Brondby!
It is countered by a Lyonnais before being captured by Lopes. OL returned to the field with the intention of adding a lot of intensity.
No change for the moment on the side of OL, Peter Bosz trusts the same men as in the first period.
Paqueta, Toko Ekambi, Aouar or Guimaraes are on the bench. Peter Bosz could decide to bring in one or more in second period to make a difference.
The referee whistles half-time at Brondby Stadion with the score 0-0. OL had possession but Brondby had the best chances in this first half.
On a counter and a 4 against 3 to manage for OL, Slimani tries to find Kadewere in depth but Zimbabwe is not fast enough.
Both teams appear to be patiently waiting for the break. There are a lot of mistakes, the game is broken.
Kadewere makes a one-two with Dembélé entering the box and hits with a throw-in, but it’s off target. It was a goal ball.
On another quick attack from Brondby, the Danes find the right side space. Henrique is taken and Bruus can cross. Greve is there to resume at close range but Malo Gusto comes back at the end to counter the ball and save OL. This is the best opportunity of the match.
Brondby projects himself well, once again. On a high recover, Greve attempts to open up an angle and strike. It is pushed back for a corner by Lopes. Brondby continues to be dangerous on blocks.
Almost no action originates on the left side. OL always go to the right, alongside Gusto and Cherki.
On a cross from Malo pushed back by the defense, the Algerian is well placed and tries to strike in first intention, but it is deflected by a defender on the trajectory.
The Lyonnais receives the ball after a good sequence of Dembélé in a small space, but he then looks for Slimani when he probably should have hit. Lost ball.
The two teams try to win in the midfield and have difficulty reaching the opponent’s surface. Cherki is wanted in depth but it is too long and the Danish goalkeeper can clear.
This is the first Lyon shot of this meeting. Following a recovery from Keita, Cherki can get into a striking position and cross with his right foot, but it is caught by the keeper.
Under pressure from Uhre on the shoulder, Da Silva conceded the corner. OL appear fragile in defense.
Once again, the Danes accelerate and do not pass the sides. Uhre is very close to being able to take back the center of Bruus, the Lyon defense was overwhelmed.
Possession is not everything and in this first quarter of an hour, the chances are for Brondby, who manages to project himself quickly to the recovery of the ball.
On a cross from the right, the Paraguayan largely takes the best of Gusto in the lead. He does not fit and fortunately because Lopes seemed to be in a hurry.
It is on the wing of Gusto and Cherki that the Lyonnais build most of their offensives. But for now, the young duo are struggling to tell the difference against the Brondby defense.
The Lyon defender pushes back a cross from Hedlund. The Swede then takes it twice to find Bruus on the opposite side, whose first-line throw-in goes over Lopes’ goal.
In the Lyon eleven tonight, there are four players under 20: Habib Keita (19), Rayan Cherki (18), Malo Gusto (18) and Castello Lukeba (18).
In this very start of the match, it is the Lyonnais who have possession and are running well for the moment.
Cherki and Gusto combine on the right side. The full-back tries to finish with a cross from the left, his bad foot, but it’s completely missed.
As Da Silva is taken deep by Brondby’s forwards, it takes Henrique’s return to cut the pass. Lukeba then pushes back the danger.
For his return to competition, the Lyon striker will wear the armband tonight. Kick off in 5 minutes.
With the end of the meeting between OL and OM after only two minutes, last Sunday, the Lyonnais have not played a game in full since November 7, before the truce international. OL were then severely beaten by Rennes, 4-1.
In the first leg between OL and Brondby at the end of September at Groupama Stadium, Peter Bosz’s players won 3-0 thanks to a double from Toko Ekambi and a goal from Aouar. But the Danes were in trouble at the time. Since then, they have suffered just one loss in nine games and have repositioned themselves in the opening leg of their championship.
In a game without much at stake for OL, Peter Bosz decided to rotate his squad and give some players time to play. Rayan Cherki is notably the holder on the right side, while Moussa Dembé is back in attack, after an injury that kept him away from the pitch for several weeks.
OL’s composition: Lopes – Gusto, Da Silva, Lukeba, Henrique – Cherki, Mendes, Keita, Kadewere – Dembélé, Slimani.
On TV or on your mobile devices, the match will be broadcast exclusively on RMC Sport 1.
Already assured of finishing first in their group, Olympique Lyonnais moves to Denmark to face Brondby. Kick-off at 9 p.m.