The revival of Olympique Lyonnais seems well and truly underway. After two more or less narrow successes in Ligue 1, the Gones were a convincing success in the Champions League, dominating Benfica in a Park OL of the big nights. A quick victory for the men of Rudi Garcia, since the opening of the score came from the first moments of the match, on a superb head of Andersen (1-0, 4th).
Dominant and inspired during its offensive phases, OL logically doubled the bet by Depay, who concluded a very good center of Aouar came from the left (2-0, 33), before getting scared by cashing a goal late in the game, by Seferovic (2-1, 76th). Without consequences, especially as Traoré, entered late in the game, relieved his partners with a nice shot from the left (3-1, 89th).
With these three points Olympique Lyonnais settled comfortably in the second place of the group G, with three points ahead of Zenith Saint-Petersburg, dryly beaten on its lawn by RB Leipzig (0-2). The German club, leader of the pool with a point in advance, is close to a qualification for the eighth.
Lille on land, Chelsea and Ajax back to back
A stage of the competition on which Lille can now draw a line. The LOSC, which was moving on the turf of FC Valencia, needed a success to preserve the chances of qualification. In front of the break on a goal from Osimhen (0-1, 25th), the Dogues ended up cracking under the pressure of Mestalla. Valencia, thanks to four goals in the last half hour, has completely revived his European campaign (4-1).
With seven points on the clock, the club "ché" is third in a group H where everything remains to be done, since Chelsea and Ajax Amsterdam are only in front of the difference in goals. Three leaders, consequence of an improbable party at Stamford Bridge, where Londoners were led 4 goals to 1, before going to snatch a prolific draw (4-4) against a young Amsterdam guard reduced to 9 for the 20 last minutes, after the expulsions of Blind and Veltman.
Barca hung, stunning Dortmund
In the other evening meetings, FC Barcelona had the opportunity to take a nice option on qualifying, on the occasion of the reception of Slavia Prague. An opportunity overused by Messi and his teammates, unable to force the decision against a grouped opponent, tactically disciplined and carried by an excellent Kolar in goals (0-0).
A draw that does not affect the chances of Barça in a group F he still dominates, with now a small point ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who overthrew Inter Milan after a match yet very poorly committed (3-2). Interiors who no longer have the right to make mistakes if they want to join the eighth.
Liverpool and Naples in the right wagon
The knockout stages are in any case within reach of the defending champion, Liverpool, who struggled hard against Anfield against Racing Genk (2-1). Reds who, without being brilliant, made the beautiful operation of the evening by taking advantage of the draw of Naples on the lawn of RB Salzburg (1-1).
With nine points, Jürgen Klopp's men are one ahead of their Italian rival, and already five in Salzburg, the first non-qualified. Suffice to say, a rather comfortable mattress, two days from the end.