Nicolás Tagliafico and a long-suffering smile on his debut with Olympique de Lyon in France's Ligue 1

The olympique de lyonthe new home of the Argentine Nicholas Tagliaficoopened France’s Ligue 1 with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against newly promoted Ajaccio, who faced Peter Bosz’s team in a duel marked by the expulsion of Anthony Lopes, for the locals, and Romain Hamouma, on the visit

Lyon passed its first litmus test. The debut in a championship, and even more so against a team that played in a lower category last season, is always dangerous. The lack of shooting can favor the most humble and Bosz’s men, for fifteen minutes, saw the three points in danger.

With few renowned signings – in addition to Tagliafico Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso arrived – Olympique Lyon wanted to show their cards as a candidate to snatch Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain his hegemony in Ligue 1 only broken two seasons ago by Lille. Of the three reinforcements, Tolisso was the only one who stayed on the bench. Bosz chose a midfield with Houssem Aouar, Johann Lepenant and Lucas Paqueta.

And, almost at the first change, practically half an hour later, he had to change everything and sacrifice a man to bring his substitute goalkeeper onto the pitch to replace Anthony Lopes, who was sent off after committing a penalty that Thomas turned into a goal. Mangani who served Ajaccio to close the gap. The sacrificed was Aouar, wanted by Betis, who left his place to Remy Riou.

Until that moment, Lyon was the master and lord of the match. Everything was happy at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais with two goals from Tete, who opened the scoring after twelve minutes with a shot close to the post that Benjamin Leroy could not save. And, not long after, Lacazette opened his locker from the penalty spot. The 2-0, in less than half an hour, heralded a very quiet clash.

Neverthelessthe expulsion of Lopes changed everything and, in the last fifteen minutes of the first act, Ajaccio fought for the drawand. However, Hamouma saw his second yellow card and the rush ended. Although Ajaccio went for the tie, Lyon brought out their hierarchy and, without much fanfare, managed to get their first three points of the season.

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