Gomis to the double in OL win
By A. Scott
Bafetimbi Gomis scored twice as a confident Lyon brushed aside forlorn Bordeaux at the Stade de Gerland. Michel Bastos also netted in a 3-1 win for Remi Garde's side.
It is hard to believe that barely 18 months have gone by since these two teams met in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. But while Bordeaux have endured a miserable start to the season, winning just once coming into Week 8, Lyon have looked revitalised since Rémi Garde took over as coach in the summer.
OL slumped to their first defeat of the campaign at Caen in midweek, and Garde reacted to that setback by making five changes to his starting line-up. Rémy Vercoutre replaced the suspended Hugo Lloris in goal, while the fit-again Kim Källström returned and there were also starts for Dejan Lovren and young guns Clément Grénier and Alexandre Lacazette.
Cédric Carrasso returned in goal after suspension for Bordeaux, but there was nothing he could do to stop Gomis giving Lyon the lead just eight minutes in. A terrific piece of control from Bastos made the goal, as he juggled the ball over the head of Abdou Traoré before whipping a delivery across the face of goal that Gomis could hardly fail to convert at the back post.
Given that Lyon had not lost a league game at home since Saint-Etienne triumphed in the Rhône derby a year ago this weekend, Bordeaux were right up against it already. However, no reaction was forthcoming, and Bastos nearly made it two with a shot from outside the area that Carrasso turned behind for a corner. From the resulting delivery, Carrasso saved his team again, stopping an unmarked Lovren's header from point-blank range.
All out of luck
Bordeaux enjoyed a good spell of possession, and were working hard to deny Lyon's creative players space, but they were undone again just after the half-hour mark. There was a heavy element of bad luck involved this time. Grénier did well to work his way into the box, before his cut-back looking for Källström was deflected into the path of Gomis by Ludovic Sané. Gomis needed no second invitation, and blasted a shot high past Carrasso for his and Lyon's second of the night, and his sixth of the campaign.
The visitors appeared a beaten team at half-time, and Francis Gillot had to make radical changes in an effort to get his side back into it. Anthony Modeste and Henri Saivet came on, with Henrique and Traoré going off, as Gillot reverted to a 4-4-2 formation from his usual 4-2-3-1.
There were signs of improvement, but then Mathieu Chalmé surrendered meekly to Bastos as the two gave chase to a through ball, and the Brazilian broke free before coolly finishing past Carrasso to score his side's third of the night.
Excellent night's work
Bastos later went off to a rapturous ovation before immediately applying ice to what looked like a groin injury. Given his current form, Garde will hope that does not prevent him from playing against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and at Paris Saint-Germain next weekend.
However, Lyon were not about to let that, or Anthony Modeste's late goal for Bordeaux from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by Lovren, ruin an excellent night's work. Smiles are back on faces at the Stade de Gerland and OL look genuine title contenders.