The Groupama Stadium witnessed a fiery encounter between Lyon and Marseille, with the home side emerging victorious 1-0 in the much-anticipated Choc des Olympiques. This win not only grants Lyon bragging rights, but also crucial breathing space in the Ligue 1 relegation battle.
Just seconds into the game, Marseille almost stunned the Lyon crowd with Harit’s audacious effort from kick-off that rattled the crossbar. However, Lyon gradually seized control, with Lacazette proving a constant thorn in the visitors’ side. His persistence paid off in the 37th minute, capitalizing on a fortuitous rebound to break the deadlock. He nearly doubled the lead before half-time, but hit the post.
Marseille came out stronger after the break, with Lopez forced into two key saves. Gattuso’s tactical switch, bringing on Clauss, added some bite to their attack, and Aubameyang nearly grabbed an equalizer with a cheeky chip, only to be denied by Maitland-Niles’ last-ditch clearance.
Despite the late scare, Lyon held firm, securing a vital three points that move them three points clear of the relegation zone. They can now cautiously look up the table, while Marseille’s winless streak extends to four games, leaving their Champions League aspirations in jeopardy.