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Match Report: Lorient 2-4 Lyon (a.e.t)

Friday 3rd February 2012
Lyon needed a 94th minute equaliser and extra time to book their place in the Coupe de la Ligue Final as they overcame a resilient Lorient 4-2 at the Stade du Moustoir.

After a quiet first half Lorient started the second period the brighter of the two teams. The Brittany side capitalised on their dominance and soon had a well deserved 2-0 lead through Innocent Emeghara and Kévin Monnet-Paquet.

Then from nowhere Alexandre Lacazette found the back of the net with nine minutes left, before substitute Jimmy Briand broke Lorient hearts with basically the last kick of normal time.

The visitors then kicked on in Extra Time as Bafétimbi Gomis and Lacazette finished the scoring to make it 4-2 and secure victory for Remi Garde's side.

Lyon started the game with more intent with Lorient happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. Gomis nearly opened the scoring but his volley, which was dipping under the bar, was matched by Benjamin Lecomte.

The game could have been over in the first 20 minutes as LisandroLopez wasted two glorious chances, the Brazilian blazed high and then wide when he should have scored on both occasions.

Lorient nearly made them pay as a goal mouth scramble resulted in Cristiano MarquesCris almost turning the ball into his own net but Hugo Lloris was there to gather the loose ball.

Maxime Barthelme then produced the best moment of the match as he gathered the ball with his chest before forcing a fine save from Lloris.

Lyon continued to push for the opener it what was an end to end contest, Lacazette again involved as he skipped around four Lorient defenders to cut in from the right, but his shot was deflected and came to nothing.

The second half was all Lorient, who bombarded the left wing leaving Anthony Réveillère and Cris woefully exposed. The home side took the lead whenEmeghara latched on to a through ball to turn Cris on the spot before firing past Lloris.

It was 2-0 nine minutes later as another flowing attack from Emeghara caught Lyon short at the back. The chance appeared to have passed as the ball was forced out wide but in came Monnet-Paquet to score from a tight angle.

Lorient continued to stream forward and should have put the game to bed but unbelievably Lyon pulled one back. Lacazette found some room on the edge of the box to drive a shot into the top corner giving Lecomte no chance with less than ten minutes remaining.

This seemed to kick the life back into a Lyon side that had looked disinterested for most of the half. Still the visitors appeared to be heading out of the competition, but in the 94th minute Lyon found the equaliser, substitute Jimmy Briand rose highest to meet a corner which turned out to be the last meaningful action of the normal time.

The agonisingly late leveller sucked the life out of Lorient, sensing this Lyon pushed on in search of the winner. It was the former St Etienne striker Gomis who did finally put them ahead, as he capitalised on his teammate Maxime Baca's misfortune. Baca had slipped over while attempting to collect a well placed pass, but the ball still found its way to Gomis who powered home to give the visitors the lead.

Lorient attacked in a vain attempt to level the game once more, and although they came close they were caught cold on the counter by Lyon who sealed the win when Lacazette tapped in for his second and Lyon's fourth.
Glenn Noble

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