Remi Garde's side was expected to be given a stern investigation at Stade Gerland, but ran out comfortable victorsOlympique Lyonnais has prepared in fine fashion for its midweek Champions League meeting against Dinamo Zagreb, recording a routine 3-1 victory over Bordeaux in Ligue 1. Bafetimbi Gomis led the way with a pair of first half goals while Michel Bastos added another in the second. Anthony Modeste pulled one back for the visitors.
In a first half that was frequently controlled by the visiting side, it was the Gomis' efficiency in front of goal that guided OL into what proved an unassailable advantage.
It took only eight minutes for the France international to make his presence felt, though his goal owed much to the excellent work of Michel Bastos down the left. The Brazilian's individual skill saw him create room for a cross, allowing Gomis to slide the ball home from close range.
Though Michel Bastos wasn’t having the most active of games, when he was involved he was deadly, having a free kick turned wide by Cedric Carrasso. From the resulting corner, the goalkeeper made another outstanding block, this time denying Dejan Lovren.
Bordeaux enjoyed plenty of possession in the remainder of the first half, but aside from a couple of tentative efforts from Cheick Diabate, failed to threaten Remi Vercoutre in the home goal.
Gomis, meanwhile, was not so forgiving, pouncing on a loose ball on the corner of the six yard box to lash beyond Carrasso.
Once again, Lyon had to survive a spell of Bordeaux possession early in the second half, but for all of the ball they enjoyed, the guests were pretty toothless, with Diabate sending their best chance wide.
Rene Garde’s side, meanwhile, was a constant threat on the break, and underlined this as it struck its third. Michel Bastos was sent haring down the left channel, out pacing Matthieu Chalme comfortably before dinking the ball over Carrasso. Bordeaux protested vehemently that Gomis had impeded covering defender Michael Ciani, but the goal stood.
In the closing stages of the game, there was little change to the pattern. Diabate continued to threaten on occasion for the guests without ever testing Vercoutre, while OL’s threat on the break was persistent. Indeed, Carrasso did well to deny Jimmy Briand a fourth goal for the hosts, getting down well to save as the hosts allowed their goal scorers the latter stages of the game off.
Anthony Modeste pulled one goal back from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Dejan Lovren, but this came too late to have a serious influence.
Having been defeated in Caen only three days ago, the game provided an emphatic way for OL to bounce back, doubtless giving them a great deal of confidence before Champions League hostilities resume on Tuesday.