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Malard keeps up appearances for Lyon against FC Zürich

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Olympique Lyonnais remains in the running for qualification for the quarter-finals. The OL players won 4-0 against FC Zürich on the fourth day of the Champions League. In the first leg, the Lyonnaises, reigning European champions, won 3-0 in Switzerland against the weakest opponent in the pool.

These two successes were essential for OL, beaten 5-1 by Arsenal, at home, at the start of the event, and who conceded a draw against Juventus Turin (1-1), to continue to hope. place in one of the top two places. Lyon is provisionally second in the standings.

The clash against PSG to come

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In front of an audience of some 2,000 spectators in a Groupama stadium that can hold 59,000, making the atmosphere gloomy, the Lyonnaises quickly took the advantage with a goal scored by the American Lindsay Horan who volleyed a cross delivered by Melvine Malard. But subsequently, OL showed a great lack of realism and struggled to make the score worse.

Nevertheless, Malard then netted a brace, both times with a header. She brought the score to 2-0 by taking a cross delivered by Selma Bacha (65) then to 3-0 after a cross from Delphine Cascarino (79), who added a fourth goal with a long shot (90 + 4 ).

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This positive result makes it possible to approach the reception of Paris Saint-Germain more calmly on Sunday (9:00 p.m.) for the shock of the French championship of which Lyon is leader with two points ahead of the Parisian club (2nd). But OL, which did not deliver a high-level performance from all points of view, will have to raise their level of play.

Source: Europe1

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