Lyon Take Decisive Step Towards Last Eight

Jean-Pierre Thiesset was pitchside in the stadium EXCLUSIVELY for Impetus at Olympique Lyonnais’ UEFA Women’s Champions League Group D tie with Bayern Munich.

Above: Lyon’s players celebrate with the fans at the end of the game. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

There were 7 754 spectators in the Groupama Stadium for this UEFA Women Champions League game between Olympique Lyonnais and Bayern München (Germany).

Again, the central defense of Lyon was taken by Kadeisha Buchanan and Amandine Henry. Furthermore, Sonia Bompastor, Lyon head coach, had to do without Selma Bacha, who was slightly injured, and it was Janice Cayman who took the left side of the attack. Janice being right-handed, it was a little bit more difficult for her to bring crosses for her strikers. However, she delivered a good performance.

Above: Janice Cayman in action during Lyon-Bayern game. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus

Overall, the game was very even, even if the play took place more in Bayern’s part of the field, with just a few more shots for Lyon but none really putting Laura Benkarth, Bayern München goalkeeper, in difficulty. The lack of crosses in the first half impacted Lyon’s goalscoring opportunities. On a Bayern counterattack at the 25th minute, Kadeisha Buchanan put the ball in her net allowing Bayern to lead 1-0. Ironically, apart from this goal, Bayern did not have a lot of opportunities to score during the first half.

Lyon started the second half with a little bit more desire. After a shot from Delphine Cascarino was blocked by the Bayern defence, Janice Cayman, who had followed the action, shot into the goal in front of Bayern goalkeeper at the 50th minute for the equalizer which put her team back in the game.

Then we had to wait the end of the game to see Amandine Henry send a header into the net from Catarina Macario’s cross after 86 minutes, to the relief of Lyon’s team and the fans.

This game saw the return of Carolin Simon and Saki Kumagai in Lyon. Saki had a great welcome from Lyon fans during the warm-up when OL ANG’ELLES fans chanted her name.

Above: Saki Kumagai during warm-up. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.

Statistics of the match:

Lyon: 48% of possession, 388 passes (72% successful), 17 shots (6 on target), 4 corners.

Bayern München: 52% of possession, 423 passes (69% successful), 9 shots (1 on target), 3 corners.

Goals for Lyon from Janice Cayman (50), Amandine Henry (86); Goal for Bayern from Kadeisha Buchanan (25 Over Goal).

Olympique Lyonnais: Christiane Endler – Ellie Carpenter, Kadeisha Buchanan, Amadine Henry – Janice Cayman (Emelyne Laurent, 77), Daniele Van de Donk, Damaris Egurrola (Griedge Mbock, 61), Catarina Macario (Inès Benyahia, 90+2), Perle Morroni – Melvine Malard (Signe Bruun, 77), Delphine Cascarino (Ada Hegerberg, 61). Coach, Sonia Bompastor.

Bayern München: Laura Benkarth – Carolin Simon (Viviane Asseyi, 83), Saki Kumagai, Carina Wenninger, Giulia Gwinn – Sarah Zadrazil, Lina Magull – Sofia Jakobsson (Hanna Glas, 66), Lineth Beerensteyn, Klara Bühl (Linda Dallmann, 55) – Lea Schuller (Jovana Damnjanovic, 66). Coach, Jens Scheuer.

Yellow cards: Griedge Mbock (82), Catarina Macario (90+1).

Referee: Monika Mularczyk.

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