Lyon leave Häcken with the points

BK Häcken 0-3 Olympique Lyonnais

Jean-Pierre Thiesset rounds-up Olympique Lyonnais’ 3-0 win away from home to 3-0 against BK Häcken in Sweden last night as Group D of UEFA Women’s Champions League got underway.

Above: Melvine Malard pictured after scoring Lyon’s first goal last night. Photo: @OLFeminin

Olympique Lyonnais were never really in danger and dominated this game as shown by the statistics of game: for Lyon, 64% of possession, 573 passes (80% successful), 22 shots with 9 on target, 12 corners; for BK Häcken, 36% of possession, 338 passes (65% successful), seven shots with two on target, and two corners. With a little bit more success, Lyon could have scored a lot more goals. Conditions were awkward due to heavy rain.

Highlights of the first half:

4’ Shot on target from OL’s Van De Donk following a bad clearance of BK Häcken defence

6’ Buchanan clear the ball out for a BK Häcken corner.

9’ Shot on target from OL’s Malard.

10’ GOAL LYON! Malard after a right-wing cross at ground level towards the middle of the 18-yard area from Van De Donk, 0-1

20’ Cross shot from OL’s Bacha, caught by the goalkeeper.

32’ Shot from BK Häcken, stopped by Endler.

33’ On the counterattack, cross from OL’s Bacha from the left, Header by Egurrola earned a corner for Lyon.

35’  Huge opportunity for BK Häcken but Endler caught the ball at feet of Larsen in the 18-yard area making a great save.

45+2’ Huge opportunity for Lyon, shot from Malard pushed out by the goalkeeper Falk; Bruun regains possession and her shot was deflected on the cross bar by Falk.

Half-Time: BK Häcken 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais

Lyon started the second half with a lot of rhythm in their game and quickly scored the second goal after 48 minutes; a shot from Cascarino following a cross from Bacha at the far post was cleared by Falk, but Macario regained possession and scored. From then Lyon dominated the game.

Above: Ada Hegerberg makes her return to action in the second half after over 20 months out injured. Photo: Getty Images.

To note, Ada Hegerberg made her return, at the 78th minute, after more than 20 months off the field following several injuries.

Highlights of second half:

48’ GOAL LYON! Macario 0-2

53’ GOAL LYON! Own goal from Larsen; following a corner from Bacha, Larsen was under pressure from Buchanan and put the ball in her own goal, 0-3.

78’ Ada Hegerberg came on from the bench for OL. Her first game for over a year and a half.

During the last 30 minutes of the game, Lyon obtained a lot of corners (63’, 65’, 72’, 82’, 84’) without being able to increase the score.

Referee: Lorraine Watson (SCO)

Goals: Melvine Malard (10), Catarina Macario (48), Larsen (53 OG) for Lyon.

Yellow cards: Luna Norgaard Gevitz (24’) for BK Häcken; Egurrola (87’) for Lyon.

BK Häcken: Falk, Okvist, Kullberg, Norgaard Gevitz, Rubensson, Curmark, Zigioti Olme (Holmes 63), Larsen, Rytting Kaneryd (Zomers 85), Gejl Jensen (Mijatovic 67) – Blackstenius. Substitutes unused: Hall, Kerlenas, Kollmats, Witj.

Lyon: Endler, Bacha, Henry, Buchanan, Carpenter (Morroni 78), Van de Donk (Baga 78), Egurrola, Macario (Hegerberg 78), D. Cascarino (Cayman 58), Bruun, Malard (Laurent 65). Substitutes unused: Holmgren, Paljevic, Sombath.

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