Depay, Dembélé lift gloom at Lyon
Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembélé scored in quick succession to give Olympique Lyonnais a 2-0 win over FC Metz on Saturday and end an eight-game winless streak.
Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 FC Metz
Metz had brought down FC Nantes in their last outing, and the prospect of adding insult to injury to the floundering seven-time French champions must have been in their minds when they travelled to the Groupama Stadium.
Metz, however, had not won in Lyon since 1997, and had lost on each of their last six visits without scoring a goal. Habib Diallo did ruffle the side-netting (9') but the hosts had control after Depay skipped past both Kevin N'Doram and Mamadou Fofana before whipping a low shot beyond Alexandre Oukidja (28').
Within five minutes, Rudi Garcia's side had a second. Dembélé had failed to find the net in any of his previous three league games, but confidently stepped up after Depay had been fouled by Manuel Cabit (33').
His seventh league goal of the season gave Lyon a comfortable cushion and the confidence to ride out the first half. They were quickly snapped into action after the interval though when Anthony Lopes was forced into his first save of the game thanks to Adama Traoré's shot (49').
But Metz had won just two of their previous 15 away trips, and looked unlikely to spring a surprise. Houssem Aouar forced a save from Oukidja (57') and Lucas Tousart did the same (58') as OL sought a third to put the game to bed.
Africa Cup of Nations winner Oukidja halted a Dembélé angled drive (73') and Lopes had to kick away a Farid Boulaya shot (90') before OL — beaten by Benfica in the UEFA Champions League in midweek — could celebrate a first maximum haul under Garcia.
THE PLAYER: Memphis Depay
A fifth goal in nine league games this season and his 39th in 97 appearances in the French top flight for the Netherlands international, who remains OL's most potent and creative force. His team need still more from him though to rescue a sorry start to the season.
THE STAT: 19
Lyon have now scored 19 times without reply against Metz in their last seven home league games with the Lorraine outfit, and have lost just one in 27 home matches against them.