Jean-Pierre Thiesset was pitchside at the Groupama Stadium for Impetus last night to capture all the action from the vital UEFA Champions League Group C tie between Olympique Lyonnais and Juventus (23/12/22).
Above: Selma Bacha gets away down the wing for Olympique Lyonnais against Juventus. Photo: Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus.
Olympique Lyonnais 0-0 Juventus
In a game where all statistics revealed were even, both teams lacked any sort of efficiency to score.
Sonia Bompastor, Lyon’s coach changed the squad from the one that beat Arsenal in their previous group game. She also reversed to a 4-4-2 that had never worked so far even in D1 Arkema. The decision to push Selma Bacha back into defence, which impacted the amount of attacking action along the left was certainly perplexing.
Delphine Cascarino, Lyon’s right-sided attacker, produced yet another quality performance and provided excellent crosses, but none of them could be converted by Eugénie Le Sommer.
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Juventus’ former Arsenal goalkeeper was kept busy all night stopping Lyon’s crosses and shots. On the Juventus side of the ledger, there were crosses from both sides of the field but none of them caused problems for Cristiane Endler, Lyon’s goalkeeper who was excellent.
Jean-Pierre Thiesset’s EXCLUSIVE photo gallery from the Groupama Stadium:
Teams: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS (4-4-2): Endler, Bacha, Renard, Gilles, Sombath, Egurrola, Horan, Henry, Marozsán, Le Sommer, Cascarino.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Payraud-Magnin, Lenzini, Gama, Sembrant, Boattinn, Bonansea, Rusucci, Puranen, Cernoia, Hurtig, Girelli.
Referee: Jana Adámková.