Alexandre Lacazette scored his 150th goal for Olympique Lyonnais but it wasn't enough to give les Gones all three points against FC Nantes on Friday night.
Olympique Lyonnais 1-1 FC Nantes
Lacazette was back in the starting line-up for the first time in five games having been out with a groin injury since the start of the year - although he came off the bench to rescue a 3-3 draw with a brace against LOSC last Friday. It was Nantes who opened the scoring though, with Mostafa Mohamed bursting through before his shot ricocheted off Rémy Riou and Castello Lukeba before going in (2'). Lyon tried to reply with a Dejan Lovren header from a Maxence Caqueret corner soon after, but Alban Lafont in the visiting goal was equal to it (9'). OL restored parity midway through the half when Lacazette controlled a difficult Bradley Barcola ball in the box and thumped home his 17th of the season, and 150th all-time for OL (24'). A Florent Mollet set piece nearly made it all the way inside Riou's far post, but the keeper made sure with an agile save (34'). Lacazette could then have made it two before the half was out but his header from a Corentin Tolisso delivery was saved before he hit the rebound into the outside side-netting (45'+1).
Neither side made any changed at the break - Nantes youngster Jaouen Hadjam had been replaced by Fabien Centonze due to injury early on - and the second half continued the first's end-to-end theme. Evann Guessand got the better of Lovren soon after the restart, but Riou raced off his line to deny the OGC Nice-owned striker (51'). Tolisso and Caqueret then combined at the other end, the latter then seeing his shot well saved by Lafont (53'). Mollet's set piece delivery kept Lyon on their toes throughout, and Andy Delort should have done better when he was picked out by the diminutive midfielder later in the half, Riou left with a comfortable save (69'). Samuel Moutoussamy had the chance to snatch all three points for Nantes at the death, but he fluffed his lines with les Canaris three-on-two on the counter (90+3') and it ended 1-1 at the Groupama Stadium.
THE PLAYER: Alexandre Lacazette
Who else? The Lyon talisman scored his 150th goal for the club, overtaking Bernard Lacombe - who was in the stadium on Friday - as les Gones' second-top scorer of all time. Only 1960s and 1970s goal-machine Fleury Di Nallo has more, with 222. The say Lacazette's return to the club from Arsenal at the start of the season has been a success would be an exercise in gross understatement.
THE STAT: 11
Neither team can be too dissatisfied with a draw here - both scored one of their 11 shots on goal, with OL only having one more on target than their visitors (sic vs. five). Lyon dominated possession but they didn't do quite enough with it, Lacazette aside.