Gomis rescues point for ten-man Lyon
Bafétimbi Gomis pounced on an Apoula Edel error with just three minutes remaining to salvage a point for Lyon against Paris Saint-Germain in a game that Claude Puel’s side will feel they should have won.
Olympique Lyonnais 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain
Aly Cissokho fired OL in front shortly after half-time, but Paris hit back through a Nenê header and appeared to have the points sewn up when Guillaume Hoarau rammed home a penalty after Nenê had been brought down in the box by Cissokho, who was shown a straight red card. However, Gomis made it 2-2 in the 87th minute after Edel had fluffed a kick-out right into the path of the lively former Saint-Etienne striker.
Gomis’ late effort denied the men from the capital a second win at the Gerland this season – they also won here in the Coupe de la Ligue last month – and, more importantly, prevented Paris from ending week fifteen on top of the Ligue 1 table.
Kombouaré handed starts to both Mathieu Bodmer and Zoumana Camara in the absence of the suspended Mamadou Sakho and Clément Chantôme, while the Lyon line-up showed two changes to the team beaten by Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with Gomis and Miralem Pjanic coming in as Yoann Gourcuff missed out injured and Jimmy Briand dropped to the bench.
Despite the heavy nature of that European defeat, OL still sealed qualification for the last sixteen thanks to results elsewhere, and they were now looking to extend their unbeaten league run to eight games. They started the stronger too, with a Michel Bastos side-foot effort turned behind by Edel on thirteen minutes.
PSG were restricted to playing on the break, and their pace and quick passing almost forged an opening midway through the first-half. Nenê’s first-time ball sent Ludovic Giuly through but a combination of Dejan Lovren and Cissokho denied the little winger just as he was about to pull the trigger. That opening aside, the first-half belonged to Claude Puel’s men, but there was to be no breakthrough before the interval.
Lyon were forced into a change at half-time, with Jean II Makoun coming on for Toulalan, who had a thigh knock, but their rhythm was unhindered, and they nudged in front on 54 minutes with a well-worked goal. Lisandro López and Gomis exchanged passes, before Kim Källström slid the ball through for Cissokho to sidefoot home his first goal in 41 Ligue 1 appearances since joining OL in the summer of last year.
However, PSG were back on level terms just after the hour mark thanks to a somewhat more familiar goalscorer. Hoarau sprung the offside trap, before doing superbly well to hit the byline and cut the ball back for Nenê to head in his eighth league goal of the season, and his eleventh in all competitions. It was also the first time that the Brazilian had found the net with his head in the French top-flight.
Hero to villain
With the game moving into it’s final ten minutes, Kombouaré brought on Jérémy Clément for the tiring Giuly, switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation. The move bore fruit almost immediately, with a neat exchange of passes in midfield releasing Nenê. As he bore down on goal, the Brazilian was clumsily barged over by Cissokho, leaving referee Fredy Fautrel no option but to point to the spot and dismiss the home left-back. Hoarau stepped up to ram home the penalty, and the points appeared to be heading back north.
The impressive Gomis was not to be denied, though, and Edel’s dreadful clearance was pounced upon and lashed home emphatically by the 25 year-old, for whom it was a fifth league goal of the campaign.
There was still time for Stéphane Sessegnon to squander a terrific chance for the visitors in stoppage time, but in the end the biggest winners on the night were Marseille, who hold on to first place in the table, while PSG sit third, a point behind. Lyon are still eighth, but they lie just two points adrift of the reigning champions.