After a 2021-2022 financial year finished in 8th place in Ligue 1 (5 points from Europe), Olympique Lyonnais found their way back to the field during their preparation for the next season, starting on August 5. against AC Ajaccio. On the lawn of the Marcel Verchère stadium, the Rhodaniens faced Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas, its partner club playing in National. A poster that has become traditional for the two teams linked through the Sport Excellence Network since 2015.
For the first of the season, Peter Bosz decided to align his team in 4-2-3-1, offering their first tenure to his recruits, Johann Lepenant and Alexandre Lacazette. In goal, Anthony Lopes supplemented a defense already seen last season with in particular a Mendes-Lukeba hinge. In a double pivot, Maxence Caqueret accompanied his new partner and former SM Caen, while Romain Faivre took on the role of playmaker. Karl Toko Ekambi and Tête were responsible for blasting the Lyon wings.
Lacazette heals his return
Captain at kick-off, Alexandre Lacazette didn’t take long to stand out. Scorer from the 7th minute (0-1), the striker allowed OL to quickly take the lead against an opponent who proved to be dangerous during the first period. Ilyès Najim (14th, 17th), Jonathan Rivas (18th) or even Sidney Obissa (28th) gave the Lyon rear guard some chills. For his part, Karl Toko Ekambi, who returned to training two days ago, was too imprecise on his passes, also missing a major opportunity (37th), before finding the crossbar just before returning to the locker room (45th) . Johann Lepenant showed himself to his advantage during the first act, active and constantly turned forward.
Despite a completely overhauled eleven, Olympique Lyonnais began the second act as they had done in the first period. Thus, Houssem Aouar offered himself the goal of the break on an error of recovery from the opposing defense (0-2, 49th). Seven minutes later, Moussa Dembélé, lonely on a corner from the left, widened the gap (0-3, 56th). For his first professional minutes, Irvyn Lomami (18) took advantage of this opportunity to unlock his goal counter (0-4) in the 69th minute, like a symbol. Victim of a slip, the young Rhone right side lost a ball well exploited by the Bressans, who did not hesitate to reduce the score by El Ouazzani (1-4, 80th). The number 9 from Bourg-en-Bresse also scored twice with a powerful strike under the bar of Rémy Riou (2-4, 88th). A first convincing victory for OL, who will face Dynamo kyiv in a double confrontation next Tuesday.