Cornet and Dembélé fire Lyon past Bordeaux

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports
11/01/2020

Olympique Lyonnais climbed into a provisional fifth place with a 2-1 win over Girondins de Bordeaux at the Matmut Atlantique, with Maxwel Cornet and Moussa Dembélé scoring to cancel out Jimmy Briand's opener.

 Girondins de Bordeaux 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais 

THE MATCH

Having been pushing for a European place for much of the first half of the season, Bordeaux have been in freefall recently, dropping nine points in their last three games to come into this Round 20 clash in 13th, trailing their 12th-placed visitors on goal-difference. Lyon - who have enjoyed back-to-back Cup wins - started much the brighter, with Houssem Aouar flashing a shot wide from the edge of the box (6') before Bertrand Traoré slammed a free-kick into the Bordeaux wall (9'). It was Les Girondins who opened the scoring, though, rather against the run of play. Joachim Andersen, under little pressure, played the ball back to his goalkeeper Anthony Lopes without paying sufficient attention to what was behind him, and Briand stole in to tap home his fifth goal of the campaign against his former employers (15').

Lyon continued to dominate after that mishap, and Maxence Caqueret had the chance to reduce the arrears when he met Marçal's cross at the back post, but he fired off target (18'). Caqueret blazed another effort over the bar soon after (25') before Laurent Koscielny and Mexer combined to break down yet another Lyon attack at the last (33'). Rudi Garcia's side have been shorn of club captain Memphis Depay and promising Arsenal academy graduate Jeff Reine-Adélaïde due to injury, but Dembélé and Traoré looked menacing in their absence, and combined to create another chance late in the half which fell to Cornet, but the Ivorian international steered wide of the near post (40') and it was 1-0 at the break.

Lyon level things up

Lyon were back on level terms minutes after the restart, though. Cornet got the break of the ball on the left wing, cut inside and let fly, and his effort deflected beyond Benoît Costil and into the far corner for 1-1 (50'). The visitors - having had a league-high 11 shots on the Bordeaux goal in the first half - then got the go-ahead goal they will feel they deserved minutes later. This time Cornet turned provider, slipping the ball through for Dembélé, and the former Celtic man recovered his balance before finishing well into the far side (53'). Nicolas de Préville thought he should have had a penalty at the other end soon after, but Clément Turpin's whistle stayed in his pocket (59'). 

Cornet might have added another when second-half substitute Martin Terrier sprinted clear and squared the ball to the back post, but there was just too much on the delivery for the winger to connect (65'). The visitors came even closer when Dembélé and Cornet completed a smart one-two on the edge of the Bordeaux box before Dembélé lifted a finish over the onrushing Costil, but his effort hit the bar, bounced on the line and stayed out (74'). Aouar then chipped Costil before Pablo headed the danger clear (79'). Koscielny thought he had snatched a late equaliser with his first Bordeaux goal late on but his effort was ruled out for offside (85') and it ended 2-1.

THE PLAYER: Maxwel Cornet

Even with Memphis and Reine-Adélaïde out, competition for places in Lyon's final third remains fierce. Cornet made just his eighth league start of the season on Saturday, but he grabbed his chance with both hands. The 23-year-old's decision-making in attacking situations was impeccable at the Matmut Atlantique, and he rightly came away with a goal and an assist to his name.

THE STAT: 7

Lyon leapt seven places to fifth with the win, although each of the teams below them in the table not called Bordeaux have at least one game in hand over Les Gones.

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