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Lyon tighten grip on third with Bordeaux win

Publish on 25/04/2019 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Moussa Dembélé came off the bench to snatch a 3-2 win for Olympique Lyonnais over ten-man Girondins de Bordeaux on Friday, Bruno Génésio's men tightening their grip on third…

Girondins de Bordeaux 2-3 Olympique Lyonnais 

THE MATCH

Lyon travelled due west to Bordeaux knowing that victory over their hosts would guarantee them third place after the Week 34 round of fixtures, and they started brightly in French wine country. Kenny Tete rifled in a shot from range, but it flew wide of Benoît Costil's far post (3'). Moments later, Memphis Depay scooped a hopeful effort onto the crossbar (4'). Les Gones didn't have to wait for long to take the lead, though. Tanguy Ndombélé won the ball back in midfield before Maxwel Cornet crossed to the back post, and Memphis was on hand to steer home his second goal in as many games (14'). Tete had a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 on the half-hour after being slipped through by Martin Terrier, but the right-back, losing his balance, fired off target (30'). That profligacy was punished soon after, with Briand doing brilliantly to evade Jason Denayer - and the offside flag - before volleying home the equaliser (33'). With the wind in their sails, Bordeaux duly took the lead, Nicolas de Préville and Briand exchanging a one-two on the edge of the Lyon box before the former scored at the near post (36').

Lyon win out

Neither side made changes at the interval, and Les Girondins started the second half as they had ended the first: all over Lyon. François Kamano should have capitalised after his pace and trickery created an overload down the right, but he stumbled into Briand, and then the OL defence, and the chance went begging (51'). Cornet then raced forward at the other end before squaring the ball for Fekir, but Vukasin Jovanovic got his toe on it before the Lyon captain could convert (57'). Lyon forced their way back onto level terms when Fekir mugged Jules Koundé of possession before leaving Cornet with a tap-in for 2-2 (67'). Cornet and Terrier then made way for Bertrand Traoré and Moussa Dembélé for the last 20 minutes (69'), and former Celtic man Dembélé had the ball in the net soon after, but was called back for offside (72'). Bordeaux centre-back Jovanovic was given his marching orders for dissent (73') and Lyon piled on the pressure with fresh legs up front and a man advantage. Traoré cut inside and fired high (79') before Dembélé made sure, getting the break of the ball in the Bordeaux before volleying home his team-high 13th goal of the season (85') for 3-1.

THE PLAYER: Maxwel Cornet

With Dembélé, Memphis, Nabil Fekir and others for company in Lyon's final third, Cornet has had to compete for headlines, and indeed minutes, with Les Gones this season. Eighteen when he made his debut for Lyon in 2015, the Côte d'Ivoire forward has struggled to inspire the same excitement of late, but he won 12 one-on-ones here, as well as his goal and assist, before deservedly going off to a wave of appreciation from the visiting support late on.

THE STAT: 6

This was Lyon's first victory over Bordeaux in six attempts. The last time Les Gones picked up three points against Les Girondins was back in February 2016 when Alexandre Lacazette, now of Arsenal, struck twice in a 3-0 win at the Groupama Stadium, a month after the club had moved from their old Stade de Gerland.