Remi Garde's side were impotent and would suffer a shock reverse against the previously out-of-form Bretons
The hosts moved into the lead in the first half when Ederson touched home Kim Kallstrom’s long-range shot, but the out-of-form guests replied immediately through Jonathan Pitroipa. Indeed, the tables would be turned entirely in the second period when Jires Ekoko finished a flowing counter.
After a tactical and rather drab start to the encounter, OL should have opened the scoring when some devastating pass-and-move around the Rennes box resulted in Jimmy Briand seemingly putting a goal a plate for Bafetimbi Gomis. The striker, however, was denied by an outstanding Benoit Costil block. From the resultant corner, the former Saint-Etienne man had his header cleared from the line.
Lyon were knocking, and they opened the scoring following another set piece. Again Yoann Gourcuff delivered from the left corner, and though Rennes initially cleared, Kallstrom’s reply was flicked home by Ederson.
At that point the hosts were well in command, but the Bretons had offered a threat on the break. Only a couple of minutes after falling behind, they would strike back as the impressive Pitroipa finished coolly after good work by Julien Feret at the edge of the area.
Prior to the break, Anthony Reveillere sent a searing shot marginally past the post, and in the second half the right-back had a goal correctly disallowed for offside.
This would be a relatively rare incisive home attack, and indeed it was Rennes who found the third goal of the evening. A terrific break was conducted at pace, and M’Vila showed awareness to play in the unchecked Ekoko down the left channel, with the striker finishing superbly.
Surprisingly, there was little riposte from Lyon, despite throwing on Michel Bastos and Lisandro Lopez from the bench. Remi Garde’s side were lucky to still be in the game in the closing stages as Feret missed a glaring chance and Pitroipa sent a simple chance against the bar, though the latter opening would have been disallowed for offside in any case.
The squandered chances proved irrelevant as Lyon lacked penetration in the final third and would in the end surrender rather tamely.