Ligue 1: Lyon opens championship with difficult success against Ajaccio

OL won 2-1 against Corsica promoted at the opening of the season on Friday evening. Alexandre Lacazette, back in the fold after five seasons at Arsenal, distinguished himself with a penalty purpose and a decisive pass.

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A recovery in pain. Olympique Lyonnais (OL) has painfully imposed itself at home 2-1 at the expense of the promoted, Ajaccio (ACA), Friday August 5 at Groupama Stadium, in the opening match of the new season of Ligue 1. >

Like last season, the “Gones” have displayed both defensive and offensive deficiencies. The preseason meetings had not completely lifted doubts about the Lyonnais game, nor on the rebound capacity of Dutch coach Peter Bosz to carry out the reconquest operation after a disappointing eighth place in L1 last spring, depriving the European Cup club.

The weaknesses of the rear guard were symbolized by the logical exclusion of goalkeeper Anthony Lopes following a big fault in the surface on Mounaïm El Idrissy, after a completely missed and dangerous outing Hour of play. On action, the central hinge, and in particular Thiago Mendes, was exceeded by the speed of the Ajaccian striker while Thomas Mangani transformed the penalty against Rémy Riou, who came into play in place of Lopes .

“We were able to see the importance of Alexandre Lacazette”

While the workforce can still be called upon to change from here the end of the transfer window at the end of August, with the possible departures of Houssem Aouar and Lucas Pacquetà in particular, that is two environments on the three aligned Friday at the start, The problem of the absence of a central and experienced defender could well arise.

At that time, the ACA reduced the gap (2-1), after logically conceded two goals against Lyonnais dominators and carried by Alexandre Lacazette who celebrated, after five years spent at Arsenal, his return At Groupama Stadium of which he was the first scorer on January 9, 2016 against Troyes (4-1).

After a pass by young Johann Lepenant, it was he, trained at OL, who served as a deviation the Brazilian Tetê for the opening of the score at the 11 e minute (1-0). The former Shakhtar Donetsk then obtained a penalty for a fault of Cédric Avinel who allowed Lacazette to wear the scoring at 2-0 (21 e ) for his 101 > But with Lyon in Ligue 1.

“We were able to see the importance of Alexandre Lacazette, respect for the opponent in his place, the support of the supporters. It’s a good thing but he can do better,” analyzed Peter Bosz after The meeting.

a state of grace of barely 21 minutes

The state of grace will have lasted 21 minutes. Because thereafter, the Lyonnais game was denied, allowing the ACA to return to the game, especially eleven against ten until Romain Hamouma is in turn excluded for a second yellow card in time Additional of the first period.

And even again with a digital equality at ten, Ajaccio was not endangered in the second period, and failed to equalize by Riad Nouri who took over Mendes forcing Riou to intervene effectively (60 E ).

“I am satisfied with the behavior of the team in general. We embarrassed Lyon in the construction of his game,” said Corsican coach Olivier Pants, despite the defeat. “By playing Lyon in Lyon to start, this match will reassure us and allow us to work with more strength and will to get our first points,” he also encouraged.

For its part, OL has been incapable in the second period to put rhythm in its offensives and only a duel lost by the Argentinian Nicolas Tagliafico against goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy (63 e ) and an action by Bradley Barcola (86 e ) created the danger on the island goal. The entry of Corentin Tolisso, also back in Lyon this summer after five seasons in Germany in Bayern Munich, has not changed anything a quarter of an hour from the end.

“In the head, we take the penalty, the red and the goal. And in the head, it is different for our players who above all thought of not taking a second goal and we may have fallen back A little too much, “said Peter Bosz, who started his season better than last year when the Lyonnais had been held in check by Brest on the first day at home. But if OL has succeeded in the accounting level, it still has work.

/Media reports.