OL continue their momentum. After defeating Auxerrois on Wednesday (2-1), the Lyonnais won their second victory of the week this Saturday against Angers (5-0). And yet, the start of this match had hinted at a difficult evening. Reported offside on all their first chances, Peter Bosz’s players could even have been led from the 13th minute of play, if Anthony Lopes had not won against a Loïs Diony who had just stolen the ball from Thiago Mendes who was on the revival in his own camp..
The situation was unblocked just after half an hour of play when Karl Toko Ekambi, sought in depth by the Brazilian, took advantage of a ball poorly negotiated by Abdoulaye Bamba to open the scoring with a half-volley cross from the left foot. The Lyonnais doubled the advantage on the scoreboard seven minutes later thanks to a header from their captain Alexandre Lacazette, perfectly served by a brushed cross from Malo Gusto.
As soon as they returned from the locker room, the Angevins put pressure on the Lyonnais through Adrien Hunou, on receiving a cross from the left, whose recovery was countered by the arm (stuck to the body) by Nicholas Tagliafico. In the aftermath, Lacazette believed to widen the gap by first pushing into the back of the net a blocked center from Tetê, signaled offside, then on a free kick ideally placed but not on target.
Finally, the Lyonnais waited for the hour mark to unfold. Karl Toko Ekambi, again, appeared at the far post to take back a ball from the right (59th) then on a corner from the right, Castello Lukeba was ahead in the air of a late Paul Bernardoni (62nd). After a completely missed second act, the Angevins conceded a fifth goal after a solitary run by Moussa Dembélé concluded with the left foot from a tight angle. This Saturday, the SCO is 19th in Ligue 1 with only two points while the Lyonnais will have the opportunity to come back up to provisional leader Marseille on Wednesday in Lorient.
Angers have not won any of their last 13 trips to Ligue 1 (4 draws, 9 losses). Since the arrival of Gérald Baticle on his bench in 2021, the SCO has won only 2 of his 22 trips to the elite.
The player: Karl Toko Ekambi continues
We can sometimes blame him for his bad choices but this Saturday, like against Auxerre on Wednesday where he scored the winning goal (2-1), Karl Toko Ekambi was once again decisive. Facing his former team, the Cameroonian first tested Paul Bernardoni with a pivot shot from a tight angle when Alexandre Lacazette, and he let him know, wanted to be served at the far post (7th). He then put the Angevin goalkeeper to work again on an action finally signaled offside (15th), before opening the scoring, certainly well helped by Abdoulaye Bamba, a quarter of an hour later. The player trained at Paris FC will even go for his double before being replaced by the young Bradley Barcola ten minutes from the final whistle.