Lyon roar to Leipzig victory
Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier scored as Olympique Lyonnais claimed a highly impressive and much-needed 2-0 win away to RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
UEFA Champions League Group G
The pressure was on Lyon and their coach Sylvinho coming into this game following a run of seven matches in all competitions without a win. This was a huge test of their mettle against opponents who are seen as genuine contenders for the Bundesliga title this season, and they passed it with flying colours.
Sylvinho made some big selection decisions as he left Moussa Dembélé on the bench with Depay supporting Terrier in attack, while Marçal came into a three-man defence in the absence of Jason Denayer.
Depay is often a player for the big occasions and he opened the scoring in this game 11 minutes in, finishing through the legs of home goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi after Houssem Aouar did superbly to beat Dayot Upamecano to the ball.
The usually deadly Timo Werner missed a pair of notable chances for the home side in the first half but Lyon held onto their lead before scoring again in the second half. This time Terrier was the scorer, dispossessing Nordi Mukiele before rounding Gulacsi to finish from a tight angle (65').
This is a huge win for OL, who sit level atop Group G on four points with Zenit after the Russian side Benfica 3-1 on Wednesday. A trip to Lisbon to face Benfica awaits later this month, but first Lyon have a derby away to AS Saint-Etienne on Sunday to look forward to.
THE PLAYER: Houssem Aouar
Depay and Terrier got the goals but all credit to Aouar for the part he played in this result. It has been a difficult start to the season for the gifted midfielder and this will do him the world of good.
THE STAT: 8
A first win in eight games for Lyon in all competitions. Can this finally kickstart their season?