Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Depay-powered OL clinch third in Genesio's home farewell

Publish on 19/05/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Outgoing coach Bruno Genesio saw OL power home to beat SM Caen 4-0 - with Memphis Depay at the double - and clinch a podium finish. Lyon will play Champions League football, while Caen seem destined for the play-offs.

Olympique Lyonnais 4 - 0 SM Caen 


Since announcing his end-of-season departure, Bruno Genesio has been determined to leave the club where he found it when he took over from Hubert Fournier in 2015: in the Champions League. And following OL's comfortable 4-0 win over Caen, the club now sit four points clear of Saint-Etienne with only three points left to play for - meaning Lyon have beaten their local rivals to third place and the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round berth that goes with it.

The handsome result owed much to the excellent form of Memphis Depay, who opened - and closed - the Lyon scoring one either side of a 25-minute period in the second half. Although club top scorer Moussa Dembélé missed from the spot after VAR awarded him a penalty (31') Netherlands international Depay got OL in front when he prodded home after some fine work from Maxwel Cornet (49').


The goal undid all of Caen's excellent work in the first half, and their hopes of climbing out of 18th place - and the place in the relegation play-offs that goes with it - took a beating as the second half continued. Cornet turned scorer with a triumphant curler that beat Brice Samba after Martin Terrier's effort had come back off the post (54').

The excellent Houssem Aouar played club top scorer - and second on the Ligue 1 Conforama scoring charts - Moussa Dembélé in for his 16th of the season ten minute later (64') and it was Depay who once again capitalised on Cornet's fine work - this time on the counter - with a volleyed finish past Samba and into the back of the net (74').


Thus Lyon managed to turn around a timid first-half performance to ensure their faithful coach of a European legacy before he is replaced by former Barcelona defender Sylvinho - a close friend of OL's new sporting director Juninho - in the coach's dugout.   

Meanwhile Caen head into their final-day clash at home to Bordeaux still with hopes of pipping Amiens to 17th place should they win and Christophe Pélissier's side lose - or maybe draw - at home to already-relegated Guingamp. The season will go down to the wire for the Normans, but for OL the deal is already sealed.

 THE PLAYER: Bruno Genesio

The outgoing OL boss has been a faithful servant to the club where he played the bulk of his career as a midfielder before turning his hand to coaching and working his way up through to the youth teams before taking the top job in 2015. In recognition of this fact, the Groupama Stadium faithful took the opportunity of this last home match of the season to honour Genesio with a banner reading: "Bruno, your love for OL is a credit to you. The page turns. Safe travels."


By dispatching Caen on Saturday, OL stretched their unbeaten run to five matches (four wins) in Ligue 1 Conforama while one of their top players - a certain Memphis Depay - confirmed his return to form with a brace that meant he has been involved in five goals during that time.