Remi Garde's side were expected to be given a stern investigation at Stade Gerland, but they ran out comfortable victorsOlympique Lyonnais have prepared in fine fashion for their midweek Champions League meeting against Dinamo Zagreb, recording a routine 3-1 victory over Bordeaux in Ligue 1.
In a first half that was frequently controlled by the visiting side, it was the efficiency of Bafetimbi Gomis in front of goal that guided OL into what proved an unassailable advantage. Michel Bastos added to the hosts’ advantage just after the hour mark. A late response from Anthony Modeste was all Bordeaux could muster.
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 resultant 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, they 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 Girard’s side, meanwhile, were a constant threat on the break, and they underlined this as they struck their 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 would stand.
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, this was an emphatic way for OL to bounce back, doubtless giving them a great deal of confidence before Champions League hostilities resume on Tuesday.