It was a European evening as Olympique Lyonnais knows how to offer to French football! For their first group stage encounter this season in C3, Peter Bosz’s Gones won brilliantly at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, against Rangers FC (0-2). A prestigious European success that puts them in a very favorable tie from the first day of Group A of the Europa League. Lucas Paquetá, Bruno Guimarães and especially Karl Toko Ekambi, author of a superb opening scoring, shone on Thursday evening.
In a full Ibrox Park, as one would expect, the Gones Lyonnais were not impressed. Despite the enthusiasm and fervor put on by the Scottish fans, the Rangers did not long for long, despite a certain intensity in their pressing. But Lyon would quickly show authority. On a high and quick recovery from Bruno Guimarães, Karl Toko Ekambi accelerated on his left side. Before going to the end of things: after dropping off John Lundstram, the Lyon number 7 sent a superb shot from the right to 18 meters, unstoppable for Allan McGregor (0-1, 23rd).
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Malo Gusto’s teammates could even have taken the break before the break, but the strike from the right of the young Lyon defender, one of the evening beginners on the European scene, was too crossed (38th). Lyon was even scared then, since the English striker Ryan Kent deposited Jérôme Boateng in the box before striking in force of the right: a saving dive of Anthony Lopes saved the Rhone business (40th).
Back from the locker room, Toko Ekambi tried his luck again in the same position, but Goldson followed suit, this time (48th). Despite a yellow card for Boateng (52nd), a little feverish for his first tenure with OL and replaced shortly after, the Gones will not give the Rangers time to hope. After a nice action led by Lucas Paqueta, Lyon will do it three times in front of McGregor to score, before James Tavernier deflects the leather in his nets (0-2, 55th).
Lyon already serene
Later, the English captain of the Rangers found the post on a free kick (64th). Olympique Lyonnais got off to a good start from Scotland with all three points. In the other match of the group, Brøndby and Sparta Prague shared the points in Denmark (0-0): the Rhone can approach with serenity their next match against the Scandinavians, in two weeks. To continue to gain confidence after this second game of the season without a goal conceded, they will have to try to make a result at the Park against the gang in Messi, from this Sunday.
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