Ligue 1: Reims Creates a Sensation by Beating Lyon

Ligue 1: Reims Creates a Sensation by Beating Lyon 1

For the second day of Ligue 1, the Stade de Reims beat Olympique Lyonnais 1-0. A nice surprise (and victory) for the players of David Guion.

The Stade de Reims created the first big surprise of the season by beating Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 on Friday, opening the second day of Ligue 1.

The champenois champion, who dominated the game and who often ran after the ball, won with a goal from Argentine striker Pablo Chavarria (32).

As in Nice last week, where they had scored early before resisting the assaults of the Riviera, David Guion’s players defended with great rigor and self-sacrifice, but also knew how to project forward at the slightest opening for disrupt a rearguard Lyon not very serene.

After two days, the Remois, back in the elite after two seasons in purgatory, total six points and temporarily take the lead in the championship, something unlikely, especially given their schedule …

“It is a difficult victory, but built. For us who are promoted, taking six points out of six is ​​wonderful, so we savor.”

Conversely, it is the cold shower for OL, not used to losing so early in the season and even less against the promoted, they had beaten 13 times in their last 15 confrontations.

A week after a logical but not flamboyant success against Amiens (2-0), the players of Bruno Genesio have monopolized the ball but without managing to worry much impeccable goalkeeper Marais Edouard Mendy.

“We ran out of speed”

The grass, which worried the Rhodaniens before the meeting, finally held up well, much better than that of Parc OL last weekend. It is not she, in any case, who will have prevented the Gones to produce the game.

“I’m disappointed with the defeat, but not the behavior. We lacked speed and verticality to surprise this team that was in place. We could not find the solution, “regretted the OL coach.

The kickoff of the meeting was given by the Reims athlete Mahiedine Mekhissi, crowned European champion in the 3000m steeple for the fourth time last week. In addition, the Stade de Reims displayed on the front of his jersey the message #Mr.Mahiedine after responding positively to an initiative of a user on Twitter.

Despite possession of the ball and domination of Lyon, the first chances were remixed: a shy first strike Chavarria was picked up without problem by Gorgelin (4th), who was then all happy to see a powerful shot of Rémi Oudin flirting with his dormer ( 11th).The striker from Champagne was still trying his luck, but without deceiving the vigilance of the doorman OL (25th).

Reims striker Pablo Chavarria scored in the 1-0 win against Lyon at Auguste Delaune Stadium on 17 August 2018.
Reims striker Pablo Chavarria scored in the 1-0 win against Lyon at Auguste Delaune Stadium on 17 August 2018. (© AFP / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI)

Chavarria decisive

It was not until the 18th minute to see the first strike of the Rhone, a flick of Leo Dubois who passed significantly off the goal of Mendy.

The promoted, which touched very few balloons, made good use of it however and managed to open the score thanks to Chavarria, who was decisive by taking with a headed head a center Ghislain Konan (1-0, 32nd).

After the break, Lyon continued its sterile domination in front of exemplary Rémois of courage and who played all the blows to the bottom, like this deep ball of Oudin for Chavarria intercepted in extremis by Jérémy Morel (55th) or of this shot from Nolan Mbemba from little above (70th).

The promoted even allowed the luxury of spoiling two KO balls by Doumbia (80th) and Suk (88th) …

OL will only have pushed a few minutes to the hour of play, but not enough to reverse the trend. Thus, on a free kick from Memphis Depay, Marcelo, the captain of Lyon, was completely missing his recovery of the head (62). In the wake, a strike by Bertrand Traore was countered in extremis (63), before a new free kick Depay, who took the path to the skylight is captured by the keeper champenois (64th).

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