Newly promoted Stade de Reims won their second French Ligue 1 match of the season by beating Olympic Lyonaise by a lone goal in a Friday fixture played inside Stade Auguste Delaune.
The opening half of the match did not create many scoring opportunities , and the ball possession was almost even between both sides.
There were many instances in the opening half when Lyon players played electrifying football in Reims’ final third but they were unable to breach the tight-knit defense line of Reims.
Memphis Depay and Bertrand Traore posed great threat from the flanks in the early exchanges but they were unable to send crosses to Mariano Diaz , who operated as their striker.
Reims left-full back Konan was always bombing forward down the left flank and delivering dangerous crosses to his team mates in the opponent’s eighteen yard box. Pablo Chavarria and Remi Oudin failed to beat Lyon’s goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin with the good crosses from Konan in the third and tenth minute of the game.
Chavarria atoned for his earlier miss when he beat Gorgelin with a powerful header in the thirty second minute of the match. In the build-up to the goal , Konan floated a teasing cross into Lyon’s eighteen yard box and Chavarria headed the ball to the ground from where it bounced into the net.
Lyon poured forward in the second half of the match desperately searching for an equalizer but Reims players sat back and defended everything thrown at them , and they occasionally launched their own counter-attacking play.
Memphis Depay came close to scoring in the seventy second minute of the game , but his ferocious shot was punched out of danger by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Moussa Doumbia wasted a chance to double his side’s lead with only eleven minutes more to play. A Reims counter-attacked enabled Doumbia to attack the opponent in their eighteen yard box , but his final shot after evading his only maker flew far from the goalpost.
In spite of Lyon’s late flurry of attacking play the home team was able to defend their lead to the end , with goalkeeper Mendy making some very important saves.