TFC-Lyon: the party is over!  How Toulouse, celebrating the club's anniversary, was toppled by OL in the stadium

TFC-Lyon: the party is over! How Toulouse, celebrating the club’s anniversary, was toppled by OL in the stadium

At the end of a match full of twists, the residents of Toulouse lost this Friday, March 15 in the evening at the Stadium against Lyon (3-2) at the opening of the 26th matchday of Ligue 1. Second defeat in five days for the Haut -Garonnais that no longer progress.

The TFC had chosen to celebrate its 87th anniversary with great fanfare this Friday, March 15, evening with various events celebrating the club’s history, but Olympique Lyonnais came to the Stadium without any gifts.

The poster made the event happen between two of the most in-form Ligue 1 teams in 2024, a title that Toulouse can no longer claim. After three wins in a row against Monaco, Lille and Nice between February and early March, the trend turned for the Violets, who suffered a second setback in a row after Le Havre (1-0) last Sunday.

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However, the Violets believed that they had found the recipe, the recipe that allowed them to successively topple Lille and Nice at the Stadium. Against these two teams, the TFC was 1-0 ahead at half-time by OL, after a first act was played in reverse order, without being dangerous against the Lyonnais, who were well in place and once again carried by their captain Alexandre Lacazette, who scored his 41st. goal last night in 52 starts since returning to OL in 2022.

The ‘General’ was absent from Lyon’s last two matches leading his team, and his sense of goal put renewed pressure on Toulouse’s defence, who had already conceded a hat-trick to the former France international in the first leg in December (3- 0). ).

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As in Parc OL, where he had scored in a similar action, Lacazette was ideally placed on a Tolisso shot that was deflected through the post, to shoot Guillaume Restes and give OL the lead (1-0, 33rd) . sharp, not dangerous, TFC collectively showed little during the first act, not helped by certain individual performances such as that of Aron Dönnum, who again missed a lot.

Maintenance mission

In addition to his pumps in the first half, Gabriel Suazo managed to return to the field with the grinta that defines him, symbol of this TFC capable of finding resources when the slope rises. It was the Chilean who put pressure on Nuamah on the move that resulted in the penalty, allowing Sierro to restore the lead for Toulouse (1-1, 59th), after Dallinga had equalized (1-1, 53rd).

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But that wasn’t enough against hungry Lyon. Even without Alexandre Lacazette, who probably came out sick at half-time, the Gones managed to come back from a corner thanks to Cherki and then O’Brien and spoil the TFC party. Thijs Dallinga and his teammates had a great opportunity to pass their evening opponents, but they now face them with five points behind and, above all, leave the door open for their entire peloton of pursuers.

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With eight days to go, Toulouse will have to concentrate more than ever on maintaining their return from the international break, with a big trip to Clermont, the red lantern. Given the performances of January and February, the TFC, which saw Zakaria Aboukhlal make his return yesterday, less than six months after his knee injury, has sufficient weapons to achieve this. But as he noted yesterday, any relaxation costs a lot of money. The party is over, the rescue operation begins.


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