Lyon remain top with win at Rennes

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports
11/08/2017

Olympique Lyonnais remain top of Ligue 1 Conforama - for 24 hours at least - after beating Stade Rennais FC 2-1 at their Roazhon Park. Memphis Depay (57') and Mariano (74') got the goals for Bruno Génésio's side.

 Stade Rennais FC 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais

THE MATCH

Lyon have undergone some major surgery over the summer, with last season's top scorer Alexandre Lacazette joining Arsenal while Bayern Munich picked up midfield metronome Corentin Tolisso. New signings like Mariano and Bertrand Traoré have wasted little time in proving their worth though, and the former - a headline-grabbing acquisition from Real Madrid - was inches away from snatching his third goal in two games when Joris Gnagnon cleared his early shot off the line (8'). Ismaïla Sarr forced Jérémy Morel into a similar clearance at the other end (29'), but a lot of the first-half traffic flowed in the other direction, and Les Gones were unlucky not to take a 1-0 lead into the break with Mariano's header cleared off the line by Mexer (39') before former Chelsea man Traoré teed up Nabil Fekir only to see his captain's shot palmed away by Abdoulaye Diallo (41').

Walking in Memphis

The visitors finally pulled ahead just inside the hour, though. Traoré drew a foul from Benjamin Bourigeaud and Memphis stepped up to curl home a clever free-kick from the edge of the box (57'). OL looked to have put the game beyond doubt when Mariano powered home a Fekir's cross with a bullet header (74'), but there was still time for Rennes to keep OL honest, with Bourigeaud making amends for his earlier misdemeanour with a fine free-kick of his own (86'). Lyon continued to pour forward into injury time, though, and Fekir had a shot parried clear by Diallo (90+3') before referee Nicolas Rainville blew for full-time.



THE PLAYER: Mariano
Mariano could so easily have had a hat-trick here. The striker - a prolific marksman with Real Madrid B before dipping his toe in the European Champions' first team last season - bagged a fine brace in the opening day 4-0 win over RC Strasbourg, and if not for a matter of inches would have gone one better against Rennes.

THE STAT: 97

Mariano may have edged fellow new signing Traoré for Man of the Match, but Lyon's win would have been significantly harder to realise had Burkinabé forward not completed a game-high 97 per cent of his 51 attempted passes. The forward - a UEFA Europa League finalist on loan at Ajax last season - looks to be the perfect foil for Mariano, and the future looks to be bright at Lyon, even at this early stage of the season.


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