Week 22 review: Lyon strike stunning blow

Ligue 1 Conforama > News
22/01/2018

By S. Willis

Lyon reignited the Ligue 1 Conforama title race as sub Memphis Depay's last-gasp screamer clinched a 2-1 win over ten-man PSG and cut their lead to eight points. OM and Monaco also won to stay within reach of OL in second.

Paris Saint-Germain have looked to be almost unbackable favourites to reclaim their Ligue 1 Conforama title so far this season, but Lyon's impressive performance to beat the ten-man capital club 2-1 at the Groupama Stadium on Sunday night showed that they will not have everything their way this season.

World-class goals

A stunning early free-kick from Nabil Fekir (2') set the tone for a sharply combative performance from OL, and although Layvin Kurzawa's leveller was a jewel of a strike (45'+3), Depay's long-range winner with just seconds to go (90'+5) proved the most important of the night.

"This is why we do this job, for these kinds of moments," beamed OL boss Bruno Genesio, whose side had struggled to break down PSG in open play despite being a man up after Dani Alves' 57th-minute red card. "A draw would've been a fair result as well, but we played to win with a lot of heart and talent. Their team was able to get back on track after the sending off, but our bench made the difference. I'm very happy for Memphis and the rest of the team."

Emery: 'Character'

Opposite number Unai Emery had nothing but praise for his side, who bounced back from the red card and a game-ending injury to Kylian Mbappé - sustained in a collision with OL 'keeper Anthony Lopes (36') - and were within seconds of clinching a point.

"The two teams gave everything for 90 minutes. Certain events were complicated for us, but we managed to come through them with character. We had chances and possession," said the Spaniard, who recognised the quality in the OL ranks. "Lyon have good players, who enabled them to score the second goal. It's a bit of an unfair result, but that's football."

OM, Monaco do the job

It was just PSG's second defeat of the campaign and while they are still eight points clear of their opponents on the night, third-placed Marseille and fourth-placed Monaco will be in buoyant mood after claiming wins over the weekend.

Rudi Garcia's men managed a fifth-straight win in all competitions as Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin found the net for a 2-0 win in Caen on Friday night while Leonardo Jardim saw Jorge, Rachid Ghezzal and Rony Lopes all score to help the principality club to a 3-1 victory over Metz - their first three-pointer since just before Christmas.

Bedouet's Bordeaux get up as Gus signs on

FC Nantes' bid to catch the chasing pack has hit something of a snag in 2018, with a defeat at home to Paris and a draw in Toulouse, and unfortunately for coach Claudio Ranieri, it continued on Saturday as struggling Bordeaux claimed an upset win at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Although Gus Poyet was named as Jocelyn Gourvennec's official successor on Sunday morning, interim boss Eric Bedouet was in charge for the trip to the northeast, and his charges stepped up to the plate, with Nicolas De Préville capping the much-Improved performance with the winning goal.

"I told the players I was proud of them after the game. We were a bit slow at the start, but we got into it little by little. Nantes are physically imposing, we had to stand up to that. I think we deserved our success," said Bedouet, who until Gourvennec's sacking, was one of the club's physios. "I felt the players were very focused before the game. Sometimes that can go the wrong way, but it wasn't the case. Everyone did their job."

Cyprien's back!

The welcome win saw Bordeaux climb to 12th, four points clear of the drop, while the zero-point haul saw Nantes caught by OGC Nice, who had rising star Wylan Cyprien - only just getting back to action after a cruciate knee ligament injury - and his stunning free-kick to thank for a 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne.

Montpellier - who have lost just twice since Week 5 - continued their run of form with an entertaining 2-1 win over ten-man cellar-dwellers Toulouse that featured an absolute screamer from Gianni Imbula and a late, late winner from Giovanni Sio.  

Strasbourg come out on top

Stade Rennais shored up their place in the top half of the table as they made it back-to-back wins with a 1-0 triumph over Angers, while Strasbourg joined them by prevailing in a five-goal thriller at home to a very game Dijon side who nonetheless slip to 14th.

Promoted Amiens claimed their first win in seven matches in all competitions, 3-1 over a Guingamp side for whom Marcus Coco hit a belter to level it up at 1-1, while ESTAC Troyes kept LOSC - still looking for a second win under new boss Christophe Galtier - in the drop zone with a 1-0 win that came thanks to Adama Niane's emphatic close-range finish.

 

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