Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Strasbourg safe after late heroics

Publish on 12/05/2018 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Strasbourg secured their Ligue 1 Conforama status in thrilling fashion, scoring two late goals to end Lyon's eight-match winning run and score a priceless 3-2 success.

RC Strasbourg Alsace 3-2 Olympique Lyonnais


A capacity crowd witnessed a topsy-turvy night and Strasbourg's determination and skill saw them score an invaluable first Ligue 1 Conforama win in 12 games since beating Troyes in mid-February. Up until the 88th minute, when Nuno Da Costa equalised, it had seemed as though OL would secure the three points that would see them clinch a top-three finish.

Strasbourg fielded a five-man backline and Thierry Laurey's gameplan worked to perfection in the first half as OL's attack - that has now scored 49 league goals in away matches this season - was completely nullified. Lyon defender Mouctar Diakhaby was only playing as the club decided to appeal against his one-game ban to the French Olympic Committee and the France Under-21s man committed a howler in the 22nd minute as he played the ball Stéphane Bahoken's way and the attacker finished between Mathieu Gorgelin's legs for his seventh league goal of the season.

Strasbourg could have been two up before half-time. In the 31st minute Gorgelin was uncertain as he came for a Dimitri Liénard corner and Benjamin Corgnet's overhead kick struck the crossbar. OL were level five minutes after the break when Nabil Fekir won a penalty as he tumbled under Pablo Martinez's challenge and then sent Alexandre Oukidja the wrong way from the spot to join Mariano Diaz as joint club top scorer on 18 league goals.

OL's next shot on target also resulted in a goal as Memphis Depay, otherwise quiet, teed up Houssem Aouar and the young midfielder calmly found the bottom corner (73'). A heartbreaking scenario was on the cards for Strasbourg until the late turnaround. Dimitri Foulquier's cross from the right was met by an inch-perfect Nuno Da Costa header (88') as the Cape Verde forward scored for the first time since Week 16.

Deep in added time Da Costa won a free-kick on the edge of the box. The angle looked more suited to a right-footed player but Lienard took on the responsibility and found the top corner of Gorgelin's goal to herald a night of wild celebrations in Alsace.

THE PLAYER: Dimitri Liénard

Liénard's left foot has been crucial to the Strasbourg cause all season long so it was fitting that he netted the wonder goal that sealed the club's Ligue 1 Conforama status. The 30-year-old could not have hit the free-kick any better and that sort of quality deserves to be seen on the greatest stage.


Strasbourg had lost 13 top division meetings against Lyon in a row before this one, their first maximum haul against OL since February 2000.

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