OL have won five-nil away to Nice. Completely dominant in midfield, Lyon started the match perfectly and proved themselves more than a match for their opponents. Memphis - twice, Mariano, Cornet and Myziane all scored. OL are provisionally second ahead of the match between Monaco and Paris.
. HIGHLIGHTS .
3’. Souquet clears Memphis’s toe-poke off his line.
5’. With the outside of his right boot, Cornet sets Memphis up to score. 0-1.
16’. Benitez saves Memphis’s perfect side-footed volley… Mariano then misses on the follow-up.
20’. Cornet scores after leaving Mendy and Marlon for dead before outdoing Benitez. 0-2.
27’. Mariano scores after receiving Aouar’s long-range through-ball. 0-3.
38’. Memphis scores with a curling shot. 0-4.
50’. Balotelli’s powershot goes straight at Lopes.
60’. Benitez saves well from Memphis.
70’. Marlon is sent off for a second offence after kicking in danger.
80’. From a Ndombele assist, Myziane scores with his right foot. 0-5.
OL had the chance to heap the pressure on Monaco, who were second and three points ahead at the start of this week yet had a daunting match against the Parisian giants. But without Traoré and Fekir (ill), Lyon had to look to other means to overcome the Nice obstacle. And it took only four minutes of play for Memphis to find the way to goal. Having gotten the assist for the first goal, Cornet followed suit just a quarter of an hour later. Outdone by Lyon’s passing and movement, Nice found the going increasingly hard… and struggled to create a single chance. Lyon, on the other hand, carried on their attacking party. Mariano and Memphis, already with a brace, corroborated to add to the tally in a one-way first half during which they proved themselves incredibly effective.
Nice started off better in the second half but Lopes stayed relatively unemployed, apart from a long-range Balotelli free-kick. Lyon comfortably kept their lead in tact thanks to their masterful domination of the midfield, without having created that many chances during the first half. Marlon, sent off in the 70th minute, watched from the dressing room as Myziane, who had just gone on, slot past Benitez for the fifth time of the afternoon. This performance sees OL take provisional second place on the ladder, ahead of the Monaco-Paris match.
. TURNING POINT .
Memphis on song from the get go
With Nabil Fekir out ill at the last minute, Memphis did not take long to take up the Lyon attacking responsibilities. He needed only four minutes of play to find his way to goal from a beautiful Cornet pass from the outside of the foot, and that after he had already gone close with a toe-poke that Souquet managed to parry. The insuppressible Dutch forward, who has had a part in 11 of Lyon’s 37 league goals this season (eight goals and three assists), immediately sank Nice back into their current woes before completely sinking them 30 minutes later with Lyon’s fourth goal, his second of the afternoon
. THE STAT .