Olympique Lyon opened Ligue 1 with a long-suffering 2-1 victory against newly promoted Ajaccio, who stood up to Peter Bosz’s team in a duel marked by the expulsions of Anthony Lopes and Romain Hamouma that reduced both teams with less incidence for locals.
Olympique Lyon passed its first litmus test. The debut in a championship, and even more so against a team that played in a lower category last season, is always dangerous. The lack of shooting can favor the most humble and Bosz’s men, for fifteen minutes, saw the three points in danger.
With the signings of Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso, who return to the club where they were trained, and Nicolás Tagliafico, Olympique Lyon wanted to show their credentials as a candidate to snatch Paris Saint-Germain’s hegemony in Ligue 1 only broken two years ago for Lille. Of the three, Tolisso was the only one who stayed on the bench. Bosz chose a midfield with Houssem Aouar, Johann Lepenant and Lucas Paqueta.
Lopes, expelled and Aouar, sacrificed
And, almost at the first change, practically half an hour later, he had to change everything and sacrifice a man to get his substitute goalkeeper out on the pitch to replace Anthony Lopes, sent off after committing a penalty that Thomas Mangani converted served Ajaccio to close the gap. The sacrificed was Aouar, wanted by Betis and who left his place to the substitute goalkeeper Remy Riou.
Until that moment, Lyon was the owner and lord of the match. Everything was happy at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais with goals from Tete, who opened the scoring after twelve minutes with a shot close to the post that Benjamin Leroy could not save. And, not long after, Lacazette opened his locker from the penalty spot. The 2-0, in less than half an hour, heralded a very quiet clash.
The forces are balanced
However, the expulsion of Lopes changed everything and, in the last fifteen minutes of the first act, Ajaccio fought for a draw. However, Hamouma saw his second yellow card and the rush was over. Although Ajaccio went for a draw, Lyon brought out their hierarchy and, without much fanfare, achieved their first three points of the course.