Dembélé doubles up but Lyon stumble at Amiens
Olympique Lyonnais paid for playing a game of two contrasting halves as they were pegged back by Amiens SC with Moussa Dembélé's double only worth a point in a 2-2 draw on Friday.
Amiens SC 2-2 Olympique Lyonnais
With Zenit St. Petersburg their opening UEFA Champions League opponents due in France on Tuesday, Lyon were seeking to end a two-game winless streak, and having beaten Amiens on four occasions last season, they headed to the Stade de la Licorne in buoyant mood.
They were soon deflated though by a familiar figure. Christophe Jallet played 68 league games for OL between 2014 and his departure for OGC Nice in 2017. He managed just three goals for the seven-time French champions, but claimed his first in only five league appearances for Amiens when his curling free-kick evaded everyone in the box and flew past a surprised Anthony Lopes (7').
The reaction was almost immediate however. Dembélé had been clearly disappointed to have been left out of the Week 4 draw with Girondins de Bordeaux, and showed coach Sylvinho why he should be one of the first names on the teamsheet by finishing Jeff Reine-Adelaïde's good approach work (9').
Martin Terrier might have given Lyon the lead had he gotten more air on his attempted chip over Régis Gurtner (29'), but the Amiens 'keeper was soon beaten. Bertrand Traoré cut back onto his left foot to send a cross arrowing in from the right and though Dembélé did not make a clean connection, he propelled the ball beyond Gurtner (34') for his fifth league strike of the campaign.
Lyon looked to have the game under control and all the points in the bag when — in added time at the end of the second half — they were undone by another former player. Mathieu Bodmer, a Lyon man from 2007 to 2010, is now 36, but his 1.90 metre frame means he remains a nuisance.
The ex-Paris Saint-Germain and Nice man's presence in the Lyon penalty box sowed enough confusion to allow him to take a touch, swivel and fire low beyond Lopes in the dying seconds to leave Sylvinho with still more food for thought (90+2').
THE PLAYER: Moussa Dembélé
A bittersweet night for the former Celtic striker, who must have thought his two goals would win his team the game. With five strikes in four league appearances, he has started the season in fine form, and is the first Lyon player since Alexandre Lacazette in 2016-17 to score at least five goals in the first five games of a Ligue 1 season.
THE STAT: 16
Dembélé has 16 league goals in 2019, only PSG's Kylian Mbappé (19) has found the net more times in the division.