Lyon (AFP) – One day short of four months after the last meeting between two French Ligue 1 clubs, Lyon beat visiting Nice 1-0 in a friendly on Saturday.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve faced a Ligue 1 opponent,” said Lyon centre-back Marcelo Guedes. “It was good to measure our level and we were physically well after four weeks of training.”
Lyon lost the last match of the 28th round of the season 1-0 away to Lille to drop to seventh, which became their final position when the season was abandoned, despite their protests, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nice had won their last game the day before 2-1 against Monaco to finish fifth.
On Saturday the friendly was played behind closed doors.
“Playing on a big pitch, even without a crowd, is very positive,” said Nice defender, Dante. “We felt a bit of adrenaline, a bit like a first game.”
Both teams started only five of the men who began their final league games.
Lyon, who face Paris Saint-Germain in the French League Cup final on July 31, also kept Memphis Depay, who missed the final league game, on the bench.
The Dutchman and Zimbabwean Tino Kadewere each scored four goals when the club returned to action with a 12-0 win over Swiss sixth division club