The Multi-Million Euro MatchBy: Nikhil Apte | August 28th, 2013
Real Sociedad vs. Olympique Lyonnais
Playoffs 2nd Leg, Champions League, 2013/14.
It is 30 minutes into the match, and while OL has enjoyed about 55-60% of the possession, we have wasted a LOT of balls in the Sociedad half.
Grenier has to get his act together and not waste 20 m free kicks in front of goal, and has to stop injecting those longballs that he keeps missing! Anthony Lopes has been a bit shaky and coming off his line too often, but I hope those last few saves will help his confidence.
0-0 at 35′!
36′ excellent call by the referee to detect the dive by Carlos Vela in the box. Yellow for you, son.
37′ amazing save by Lopes!
40′ Lacazette is no Gomis.
41′ Grenier is no Juninho.
42′ Commentator says Grenier has been giving the ball away so often, almost every time he has it.
Half time 0-0. The good chances have been all by Sociedad as yet.
Second half is on the way. Benzia goes out in place of Fekir.
47′ Nabil Fekir is AWESOME! I want to see more of this guy! Barges into the Sociedad box with a few dummies and gets a corner!
48′ Seferovic for Sociedad hits post with a surprising angle. Oops.
50′ Fekir’s first 5 minutes > Benzia’s first half. And commentator agrees!
52′ Freekick to Lyon. Gourcuff takes it, Grenier gets his head to it, but its over the crossbar.
55′ Bedimo shoots and deflection is safely collected by Bravo.
**** Possession stats – 44% – 56% in favour of Lyon. ****
58′ Wow, Sociedad is now really cautious of Fekir, shows in their defensive body language against him.
58′ Lyon corner turns into counter attack for Real. Griezmann sets up Seferovic into a one-on-one with Lopes, and Seferovic shoots marginally wide.
60′ An overfed chicken’s smallest left claw can get these phony Spanish foul hunters to the ground. Ridiculous!
62′ Gourcuff wastes a freekick over the bar.
63′ Xabi Prieto (Real captain) leads by example and goes down on Gonalons. No, I am not rewording that observation.
66′ Seferovic shoots one at Lopes, who deflects it for a corner.
67′ GOAL to Real Sociedad. Carlos Vela’s header. Aggregate 3-0 including 2 away goals. Now we need only 4 goals in the next 23 minutes. Gomiiiiiiiiis. w r u?
73′ “Grenier’s disappointing corner”. I didn’t hear any pause there.
77′ Bahlouli on for Gourcuff.
**** Possession stats – Real 44% – 56% Lyon ****
**** Attempts on target – Real 9 – 4 Lyon ****
83′ Is nobody in the coaching team teaching gameplays to these kids? They have to do all the thinking on the big stage with their little minds!
83′ Were those chants of “Boooooooring. Booooooooring”? Or perhaps something else in Spanish. Abuuuuuurido. Abuuurido.
84′ Ferri on for Gonalons. Huh. Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
88′ Fekir nearly found Bahlouli with a nice lob into the box.
89′ Bakary Kone gets a B+ from me.
91′ GOAL for Real Sociedad. Vela picks the ball up behind half line and goes through Lyon defence to hit his second.
92′ End of the match. End of Champions League 2013-14. It was quicker than Aulas could say ‘Pharaohs’.