Depay stars as Lyon win at Guingamp
Memphis Depay turned in a stunning second-half display, scoring two and making two more as Olympique Lyonnais came from behind to beat bottom side En Avant Guingamp 4-2 on Saturday.
EA Guingamp 2-4 Olympique Lyonnais
Guingamp came into the game bottom of the table with one win all season, and their coach, Antoine Kombouaré, removed after last weekend's 5-0 loss at FC Nantes, but they were clearly playing to impress new boss Jocelyn Gourvennec as they dominated before the break.
Marcus Thuram's header looped over Anthony Lopes to give the hosts a deserved lead (21'), and the striker — the son of former France international defender Lilian — might have had a second had he connected with a Pedro Rebocho cross shortly after (28').
Hossem Aouar's crisp shot into the side-netting was the closest Lyon came before the break (33'), but the youngster would take his second opportunity to level after the interval.
Lacklustre in the first 45 minutes, the seven-time Ligue 1 Conforama champions emerged a rejuvenated force after the half-time break, and after Depay (52') and Moussa Dembélé (60') had shot wide, Aouar stylishly sidefooted home after being played in by Depay (62').
Virtually anonymous and very much out-of-sorts in the first half, Depay was a man transformed, and he brilliantly curled in Lyon's second (67') before outdoing himself with a free-kick he arrowed into the top corner soon afterwards (73').
Thuram pulled one back from the penalty spot following a Jérémy Morel handball (79'), and given Lyon's unhappy knack for conceding late goals in recent games, Guingamp had hope.
Those ambitions were quickly dashed though as Depay skipped down the left before crossing for Maxwel Cornet, who — barely a minute after coming off the bench — touched in Lyon's fourth (84') to move Bruno Genesio's side to within touching distance of the top three.
THE PLAYER: Memphis Depay
He had grumbled about having to make game-turning cameos from the bench in recent weeks; the Netherlands international made his 50th Ligue 1 Conforama start one to remember. When he is in this mood, the former PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United man is unplayable.
THE STAT: 8
Thuram now has eight Ligue 1 Conforama goals in 41 appearances, one more than his FIFA World Cup and EURO-winning father managed in 154.