Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain were stunned by high-flying Olympique Lyonnais in a thrilling match at the Groupama Stadium on Sunday. Les Gones brought down Les Parisiens 2-1 to cut down their lead in the table.
So far PSG have been dominating in the league this season with a nine-point lead above the second-placed Olympique Marseille (now in third place) and they’re still eight points in front even after losing to Lyon who rose up to second place in the table. But they still can’t be allowed to lose their focus until the end of the season though, knowing that Lyon, Marseille, and Monaco are still hot on their tail and they could have time to catch up.
Meanwhile, for Lyon, they will definitely enjoy this victory and savour it for a while. They managed to get revenge after losing 2-0 away from home at Parc des Princes in the first round of Ligue 1 earlier this campaign.
L’OL didn’t need a lot of time to break the deadlock. Just two minutes after the kickoff they already led through Nabil Fekir’s brilliant free-kick. Lyon won a free-kick very early in the game and the 24-year-old French striker took the responsibility and he duly delivered with a curling shot to the left side of the goal, far from the reach of PSG keeper Alphonse Areola. 1-0, Lyon lead.
Les Rouge-et-Bleu did equalise right before the halftime though through Layvin Kurzawa’s thumping volley. Adrien Rabiot released a defence-cutting through pass onto the path of Julian Draxler who in turn delivered a cross towards the box. Rafael failed to intercept the ball and it fell to a well-positioned Layvin Kurzawa who already shaped his body properly to receive the ball and he fired it towards goal. The ball hit the underside of the crossbar and went in, unstoppable. Anthony Lopes was rooted to his place. 1-1, PSG equalise.
PSG were down to ten men in the 57th minute after Dani Alves was shown a red card by referee Clement Turpin as he saw the Brazilian defender make a harsh tackle from behind on Tanguy Ndombele. The 34-year-old right-back was furious about the decision but it didn’t change the referee’s mind.
Lyon finally scored the final goal of the game, the winning goal in the 90th minute through Memphis Depay. Jeremy Morel launched a lofted diagonal pass towards Maxwell Cornet but it was well intercepted by Kurzawa. The ball was headed forward again by Rafael and Kurzawa tried to clear the ball away again but failed this time. The ball fell to the feet of Nabil Fekir who distributed it towards Memphis Depay on the left flank. The Dutchman then cut inside and struck the ball towards the corner of the net. Areola could do nothing about that, he stayed still in his spot. 2-1, Lyon took the advantage.
The score stayed 2-1 until the final whistle, another three points for Bruno Genesio and his men.
Here are the starting lineups for both teams via Footyroom
Match Statistics and Summary
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Both teams were even in the number of shots but apparently, Lyon were more effective with six shots on target compared to PSG who only managed to get three shots on target.
PSG were far more dominant in possession though with their 62% ball possession compared to Lyon’s 38% and their 86% pass success rate definitely was the reason why they were able to keep the possession.
Unai Emery’s men were also very dominant in the air, winning 63% of the aerial duel.
Meanwhile, Bruno Genesio’s side were more proficient dribblers though, as they won 18 dribbles compared to PSG’s 10.
Lyon were also better in terms of tackles with 22 successful tackles against PSG’s 18 tackles.
Man of the Match – Nabil Fekir
The 24-year-old captained his side to a glorious victory against their rivals and he was setting examples for his teammates with a goal and an assist to bring down the giants.
Fekir scored a stunning freekick only two minutes after kickoff, the fastest that Paris Saint-Germain have ever conceded and he also managed to get himself a vital assist in the dying minutes as Memphis Depay scored a sensational winner.
He has been impressing so far this season and playing a big role in an important match like this are the reasons why he is an indispensable player at L’OL.