Dembélé double confirms OL form
By D. Crossan
Moussa Dembélé scored his first two Olympique Lyonnais goals as Bruno Genesio's side completed a convincing 3-0 success at Dijon to climb to second in the table.
Even without injured captain Nabil Fekir (ankle), OL possessed far too much firepower for the Burgundy club, who followed Manchester City and Olympique de Marseille in losing to Bruno Genesio's in-form side over the last week. While more than satisfied with the result, Genesio will have been concerned by injuries that forced off Tanguy Ndombele and Martin Terrier, while the recalled Lucas Tousart was sent off midway through the second half.
Dembélé had already gone close with a curler (9') before opening the scoring (17') with a glorious goal. Ndombele slid the ball into the inside-right position and with the outside of his right boot, Dembélé managed to lift the ball over Runar Runarsson. Two minutes later (19') the former Celtic forward was at it again, athletically hooking the ball into the back of the net after Runarsson had saved from Houssem Aouar.
Genesio had made five changes to the team that started against OM to freshen things up and OL were utterly dominant before the break. Like Dembélé, Martin Terrier was brought in and - keen to prove his worth - also got on the scoresheet. Rafael's perfect cross from the right was met by the forward's head for Terrier's second Ligue 1 Conforama goal for the club.
Bertrand Traoré, scorer of a double against OM, fired wide when clean through (39') as it was by and large one-way traffic. Dijon lifted their game after the break with the introduction of the lively Jules Keita, who drew a save from captain-for-the-night Anthony Lopes (60'). Dembélé (66') was denied a hat-trick by Runarsson and when Dijon broke down the other end, Tousart fouled Naïm Sliti and was shown his second yellow card of the night.
From the free-kick, home defender Laurent Ciman drew a stunning save from Lopes. Visiting sub Memphis Depay (85') could have scored and then Ciman chanced his arm from 40m (90+2') before home midfielder Enzo Loiodice, 17, was sent off for a second yellow (90+3').
THE PLAYER: Moussa Dembélé
OL's strength in depth in attack makes them a hot tip to be the closest challengers to Paris Saint-Germain this season. Dembélé, acquired from Celtic at the end of the transfer window, has Champions League experience from his time in Glasgow and is a classy finisher as his two strikes in Burgundy prove. Genesio has many options when it comes to choosing his frontline.
THE STAT: 7
Lyon have scored two or more goals in all seven of their Ligue 1 Conforama meetings with Dijon.