• Olympique Lyonnais won the draw on the lawn of Rc Strasbourg, this Sunday for the 31st day of Ligue 1 (1-1).

  • The Lyonnais trembled until Toko Ekambi equalized in the 90th minute.

  • But beyond the figures, this OL has shown solidarity and self-sacrifice.

    “Often I have criticized my team, here I pay them a compliment,” said OL coach Peter Bosz.

At the Meinau stadium,

For the rise in the classification and the race for Europe, we will have to wait.

Olympique Lyonnais only won a draw this Sunday in Strasbourg (1-1).

A small point therefore, which leaves him at a distance from the Ligue 1 podium, but… brings him closer to 5th place.

It may be anecdotal but OL regained ground in Nice this weekend and are now only five units from the Europa League Conference.

And then, nothing to jump to the ceiling?

It is sure but the performance of the Rhodaniens in Alsace should not nevertheless be reduced.

In this same Meinau, Nice had been moved (0-0), Monaco beaten (1-0) and OM had certainly won there, but quite miraculously (2-0).

Léo Dubois' partners were very close to joining the disappointed... but escaped.

Just before stoppage time (90th), on a cross from his captain, Toko Ekambi pulled away to equalize.

As a symbol of a team that did not give up this Sunday.

A few months ago, she would certainly not have had this resilience.

She was then capable of collapsing in Angers (3-0), Rennes (4-2) or cracking at the end of the game in Nice (3-2).

Not in Strasbourg.

"The players continued to try to score, that, I am very happy", did not fail to underline their coach.

Peter Bosz even insisted on this point: he really liked the state of mind of his group.

“Often I have criticized my team, here I am giving them a compliment.

»

"In the first half, we were badly placed on the field"

Because there was enough to dive.

In the first period, Racing had opened the scoring (sissoko, 20th) and dominated the debates.

Yes, Moussa Dembélé had found the bar on a recovery of the … knee, but this action was a sham.

OL then suffered from the intensity offered by the Strasbourgeois, who had not played in the middle of the week in the Europa League.

Worse, Anthony Lopes came out injured (thigh) half an hour into the game, then Aouar imitated him fifteen minutes after the restart, hit in the knee.

At that time, the Lyonnais were already much better in the game. “In the first period, we were badly placed on the ground”, details Bosz.

“Our full-backs, Léo (Dubois) and Henrique were too high.

In the second, they played lower and the Strasbourg wingers couldn't come and rush them.

It counted.

»

Ndombélé and his family also regained control of the ball (58% possession in the end), forcing the Alsatians to play against.

Which could have hurt them if Gameiro or Ajorque had found each other better… Except that the goal for the break didn't come and OL therefore managed to pick up in the dying seconds.

"We played better and better over the game", analyzes the Dutch coach, in a positive mood.

“Yes, there are still hopes of European qualification.

Especially if we continue with this state of mind…” And a workforce that is not too reduced.

The severity of the injuries of Lopes, Aouar and Ndombélé (thigh) were still unknown this Sunday evening.

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