Olympique Lyon managed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after tying Tuesday with Leipzig in a heart attack game in which he had to overcome two goals against while looking in the rearview mirror to Lisbon waiting for the result from Benfica-Zenit.
Thanks to the victory of the Portuguese club, it was enough for Lyon to match its German rival, who was already classified. However, the French team suffered from the beautiful thing to get the point that allowed them to enter among the best sixteen teams in Europe for the second consecutive year. Aouar and Depay pulled the Lion car when they had it hardest.
It was an all-or-nothing match for Olympique since depending on the final score it could have been in any of the four stages of group G.
The German team, on the other hand, only played group finish first and above all the honor. The two-to-two defeat in the first leg still stung Julian Nagelsmann’s pupils who have since lost only one of their last twelve games.
While Nagelsmann was not obsessed with revenge. Hence, he introduced five changes with respect to the team that surpassed last weekend at Hoffernheim (3-1). He stressed that he gave Sabitzer rest for the first time this season and the return to Poulsen’s ownership after being injured by the Danish national team.
The Nordic was the first to shake the locals. At six minutes he was shot down in the area by the Leonese goalkeeper after receiving a magnificent deep pass from Demme. A clear penalty despite the fact that the referee had to pull the VAR. Fosberg transformed it with a low shot stuck to the stick opposite the stretched goalkeeper.
It was a play that evidenced the difference between a team that sails second in the table of the Budesliga and another penalty in the seventh position of the French tournament tried to lift the flight after a catastrophic start of the season.
With a fast and direct game, Leipzig was planted very easily in the Lopes area. In the 26th minute, Timo Werner was left alone in front of the Leonese goal but fired. It did not take the German international to compensate for his bad aim.
Shortly after, just half an hour Tousart ran over Nkunku in the area and the referee took less time to decide the maximum penalty. Werner took care of raising the second to the electronic.
With the desperate fans the referee had to draw attention to the field delegate because Nkunku was raining objects thrown from the stand when launching a corner.
Lyon aimed to reduce his disadvantage at the edge of the break: Tousart first with a ball combed with the head that stopped with solvency Gulacsi and shortly after Dembelé with a shot that repelled the crossbar.
Virtually eliminated from all competitions since Benfica beat Zenith,
Olympique had no choice but to go for them all in the second part. I needed the tie at all costs.
The exit in tromba gave result. At three minutes Aouar scored one of the goals of the day with a sublime shot with thread from the peak of the area.
Seeing that the game became hard, with the Lyons fighting all the balls to the limit, Nagelsmann withdrew his star striker, Werner, and his admonished defender, Upamecano.
With Olympique launched every counterattack of the Germans was half a goal. Rafael cleared in the area a ball that went to the bottom of the net with Lopes already beaten.
Gulacsi, on the other hand, saved Leipzig with several interventions in the second half. The 80th minute stopped a good shot by Depay when it was planted only in the area. However nothing could do moments later when the Dutch controlled a ball in the area and surpassed him with a cross shot.
The goal brought delirium to the stand by giving the classification to the locals. But the emotion lasted until the last second. The French team appeared shortly after the Virgin of Fourvière, the Lyon patron, to clear the defense in a noise a ball that the entire stadium saw inside the goal except Laimer whose shot went high. The local fans could then breathe again and start celebrating their team’s feat.