Lyon has the right to dream of quarters! By muzzleing Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus (1-0), OL took an unexpected leap Wednesday in the knockout stages of the Champions League, just like Manchester City, knocking out against Real Madrid (2-1).
– Lyon, as in a dream –
Could Olympique Lyonnais imagine a better scenario? Rudi Garcia's team gave themselves a chance to believe in the return match on March 17 in Turin, thanks to a goal by Lucas Tousart (31st), a great collective discipline and their sense of sacrifice in a late match stifling.
OL closed their ranks at the right time, in a context that was not obvious, between the team's mixed season in France and the concerns arising from the arrival of 3,000 transalpine supporters in the midst of a coronavirus epidemic in northern Italy .
Since they did not have to play the game, the "Gones" contained the "Old Lady", with great performances by Houssem Aouar and Bruno Guimaraes. And they managed to muzzle the five-time Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo who did not frame a single strike in the first period (4th, 34th, 45th + 1).
In attack, Rudi Garcia's team found the flaw as soon as they had the opportunity. There was this deviation of the head of Karl Toko Ekambi on the cross section of Turin (21st).
And there was this nice tumble of Aouar concluded by a center in withdrawal to Lucas Tousart, euphoric striker (31st). A nod of fate for the defensive midfielder, who will join Hertha Berlin next season and had already scored in the elimination against FC Barcelona last year in the round of 16 (0-0, 5-1) .
Juve may have insisted late in the match, like Paulo Dybala (69th, 87th), but never managed to return to the score. Like last year at the same stadium against Atlético Madrid (0-2, 3-0), she lost the first leg … In 2019, Ronaldo had saved the "Old Lady" but OL count well hang on to your dream …
– Real cracks in front of City –
Sacred reunion between Pep Guardiola and his "double" Zinedine Zidane, multiple trainers winners of the C1, both in search of a new continental crown: the tactical battle turned in favor of the Catalan and the French team cracked in the end match against the intense game of "Citizens".
Admittedly, City quickly lost its French defender Aymeric Laporte, who had just returned from a serious knee injury and limped out of the half hour, looking limp.
But for the rest, the Guardiola team took control of the game. It took two saves from Thibaut Courtois (21st) then Casemiro (45th + 2) to prevent the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus from opening the scoring. Riyad Mahrez, him, opened his foot too much on a counter-attack which deserved better (50th).
Against the course of the game, Isco nevertheless opened the score (60th) but Real, too feverish, ended up cracking: Gabriel Jesus equalized his head after a slight stroller not signaled on the Madrid captain Sergio Ramos (78th), which was then excluded at the end of the match for a fault in the position of last defender (86th).
The victory goal was scored from the penalty spot by Kevin De Bruyne (83rd) and here is Real, the club with 13 coronations in C1, threatened with a second elimination in a row in the round of 16 after its fiasco against the Ajax last year.
It is a headache for Zidane and it is a relief for Guardiola, whose club faces the sword of Damocles from an exclusion from the European Cups for two seasons … But there remains the return match !