The 123rd derby in history has finally fulfilled all its promises. At the end of a breathtaking, very intense match on Sunday 3 October, at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium, AS Saint-Étienne hung the draw in the very last seconds of the meeting on a penalty from Wahbi Khazri (90 + 5e, 1-1). At first glance, the interest of the match raised some questions before kick-off.
The weather – it has been raining constantly on Saint-Étienne since mid-afternoon – raised fears that the meeting would turn into a water polo match. It did not happen and we witnessed a great football match, in front of 33,642 Saint-Etienne supporters – the Lyonnais were banned from traveling – who never ceased to encourage their team.
Above all, ASSE, the red lantern of Ligue 1, unable to win since the start of the season, was pale in the face of an increasingly exciting OL. It was in the 73rd minute that this pre-match observation was completely shattered, after a hazardous exit by Anthony Lopes outside his area. At the time, the Lyon goalkeeper came to touch the ball with his hand. Indisputable red card.
Until then, ASSE was pushing to equalize, in a Cauldron on fire. The second period of this derby was for them. And if the Green people could continue to believe in it, it is thanks to their goalkeeper Étienne Green. On the opening of the score of Houssem Aouar (42nd), the Saint-Etienne goalkeeper can do nothing and must bow only a few seconds before half-time. A blow for the Greens who had managed to resist the assaults in Lyon, without necessarily being dangerous in the first period except for the post hit by Khazri (9th).
Before this goal, Green had disgusted Aouar, pushing back three of his attempts (18th, 25th, 36th), and that of Lucas Paqueta (13th). It is thanks to his goalkeeper that Saint-Étienne was able to continue to believe in it and therefore take advantage of the exclusion of his Lyon counterpart. In the process, Lucas Gourna-Douath found the cross (76th). Before the release for the whole Cauldron at the end of the whistle of François Letexier, who used the VAR to designate the penalty spot in added time on a hand of Jason Denayer.
4 – Houssem Aouar scored 4 shots in the 1st period with @OL against St Etienne tonight, a record for a player in the first 45 minutes of a Ligue 1 match this season. Boiling. #ASSEOL pic.twitter.com/gJyJeIyjSb
– OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 3, 2021
At that point, Khazri did not shake and allowed Saint-Etienne to snag the point of the draw. The second for Lyon in two meetings. Frustrating.
This draw on the other hand blows all the Green people after five consecutive defeats. But ASSE still occupies the place of red lantern of Ligue 1. And if neither of the two teams is much more advanced after this match, everyone will be able to agree on one thing: the spectacle was there. you on the occasion of this 123rd derby.