Coupe de France: battered by the Red Star, OL got away with penalties

Jostled by the Red Star, who had already hurt RC Lens, OL won on penalties to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France.

Stade Bauer is a test for Ligue 1 clubs. Olympique Lyonnais almost got out of the Coupe de France on Thursday night, like RC Lens in the previous round. Caught up (2-2) after leading by two goals, Rudi Garcia’s men had to go to penalties (4-5) to qualify for the quarter-finals. The victorious strike was that of Karl Toko Ekambi.

Maxence Caqueret having been tenured right winger, Rayan Cherki on the other side and Memphis Depay in tip, Rudi Garcia had aligned a mixed team in Saint-Ouen. OL were able to take advantage of a gross recovery error by the opposing goalkeeper, Raphaël Adiceam, to open the scoring on a flat foot from Lucas Paqueta (28th). Then a billiard shot in the area allowed Memphis Depay to make the break before half-time (45th). “We give them two goals,” lamented the Audonian doorman on Eurosport.

Jimmy Roye hurt them

At 2-0, facing the sixth in National 1, Olympique Lyonnais seemed safe. But under the gaze of a few supporters at the windows of adjacent buildings, Jimmy Roye decided otherwise. With a sharp pass, the 32-year-old first offered the goal of reducing the score to Pape Meïssa Ba (61st). The number 10 then caused a sensation by equalizing with a nice free kick.

Lining Anthony Lopes, Julian Pollersbeck was not faultless on this action. But it was in fact the German goalkeeper who offered the qualification to his team, by succeeding the only parade of the penalty shootout, on the attempt of the unfortunate Diego Michel.

An opposite result would have been a huge snub for OL, given the way the meeting had unfolded but also with regard to its season. Because his current bad patch may well, in the league, make him miss the qualification for the Champions League.

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