A successful start for OL. At the start of this new Ligue 1 season, it was Peter Bosz’s men who won at home, in a noisy Groupama Stadium, against the promoted Ajaccien (2-1). Alexandre Lacazette had a suitable return to his homeland, being a decisive passer and scorer, but Anthony Lopes shook OL and revived ACA by being sent off and allowing Thomas Mangani to reduce the score.
Is Peter Bosz’s OL 2.0 cured? So inconstant last year, the Rhone club again showed two faces, and we will have to wait a few more weeks to see if the promises sown this summer will materialize during the season, but the Dutch coach will be satisfied to start by pocketing the three points. In front of copiously filled stands, the evening had however started on the hats for the 8th of the last exercise.
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Despite a serious entry from Ajacciens, Lyon, disposed in a 4-3-3 with rookies Nicolas Tagliafico, Johann Lepenant and Alexandre Lacazette, had managed to open the scoring on his first successful collective action, where Tetê, with a strike from the left in the area, managed to deceive Benjamin Leroy (1-0, 12th). The Brazilian then won a penalty, taking advantage of a defensive error from Cédric Avinel. And Lacazette, in front of a boiling public, transformed the offering of the right (2-0, 22nd).
The Lyon “general” then thought he had put his team on track for a quiet evening, but Anthony Lopes, from a completely failed and very dangerous outing on Mounaïm El Idrissy, launched into the back of the Lyon defense, was expelled while offering the recovery penalty to Ajaccio. Rémy Riou, who was also making a comeback in the OL jersey (27th), did not manage to stop Thomas Mangani’s attempt (2-1, 31st).
But the promoted, in a totally crazy end of the first act, saw Romain Hamouma get two yellows, one for a rough explanation with Lacazette (33rd), the other for an elbow in the face of Lucas Paqueta ( 45th + 3), and leave his at 10.
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) scored against AC Ajaccio, Friday August 5, 2022. / Ligue 1
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Jostled by astonishing islanders on the way back from the locker room, Lyon saw Riou make a saving tap on a lob from Riad Nouri (59th), before gradually regaining control of the ball and the game. The Rhodaniens now hope that they will be able to continue a little more calmly, during the next day, against Lorient.
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