Reduced by West Ham in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals after drawing in the first leg, Olympique Lyonnais left C3 through the back door. Logic: the English were already winning 2-0 at halftime, and even by three goals since minute 48me minute…
Lyon 0-3 West Ham
But: Dawson (38me), Rice (44me) and Bowens (48me)
The calendar only indicates mid-April, and spring has barely opened, but still… However, Olympique Lyonnais’ sad 2021-2022 season obviously ended this Thursday night. And in a very, very ugly way. At the final whistle of this OL-West Ham, the faces of the Rhône did not lie as they were closed. In the Europa League quarter-final second leg, the Gones were devoured by Englishmen much more powerful than them by conceding three tremors of the net without making them vibrate. A beating that follows the tie in the first leg and therefore obviously synonymous with elimination for the tenth place in Ligue 1, relegated in the league (ten points from the podium, five in the fifth) in addition to being condemned to a new exercise with zero title . The European epic will have been shorter than expected.
English raise and two pawns in six minutes
Fifth minute of the game, at the Groupama Stadium. Visibly long-legged, Toko Ekambi teases and draws. Unfortunately for him, his missile is returned by Areola’s post, and Gusto is unable to finish the rebound. The inflection point? May be fine. Because the break promises to be cruel for the Lyonnais, who dominate at the start of the game (high pressure, penalty rejected by the VAR on a ball elbowed by Coufal…). Following a first chance from Bowen, whose curling missed the goal, West Ham planted two goals in quick succession as half-time approached: first thanks to a Dawson header from a corner, then a shot by Rice deflected by Lukeba on the brink. of the area. area. And that’s how OL finds himself two goals behind even before the break, his ticket to the last four of C3 being torn to pieces rather than composted.
Completed upon return from locker room
Hopes that become, therefore, a nightmare, and that are completely destroyed as soon as the dressing room returns despite two changes made by Bosz during the intermission (Paquetá and Tetê came on, Ndombele and Faivre left): due to the loss of French ball In midfield, Fornals finds the excellent Bowen who tricks the unlucky Pollersbeck (starting in the absence of Lopes, injured). 0-3, the party is over for the locals although it never really started. Slowly, the encounter then fades. Between a serene team from qualifying and another resigned, the game logically became a friendly despite Lyon’s reaction at the end. Dembélé, for example, tries to reduce the score, but his volley escapes the frame. Like Tetê, whose inside of the foot finds the small net in a center of Toko Ekambi. It is then Areola who intervenes in front of Gusto, launched in a failed personal feat. For his part, Dawson reigns supreme in his defense. He and his teammates will see the Europa League semifinals against Eintracht Frankfurt, unlike their rivals who didn’t deserve it anyway.Lion (4-2-3-1) : Pollersbeck – Taste, Denayer (Reine-Adélaïde, 88me), Lukeba, Emerson-Mendes, Ndombele (Paquetá, 46me) – Faivre (Tetê, 46me), Aouar (Barcola, 71me), Toko Ekambi – Dembele. Trainer : Bossz.
West Ham (4-3-3): Areola – Coufal, Diop, Dawson, Johnson – Souček, Rice (Benrahma, 90me), Fornals-Bowen, Antonio (Yarmolenko, 84me), Lanzini (Nobleman, 77me). Trainer : Moyes.
By Florian Cadu