Lyon edge past Montpellier, advance to Coupe de France quarterfinal
. AT A GLANCE .
13’. Cornet, assisted by Traoré, beats Lecomte at the near post. (0-1)
22’. Ikoné fires home from close-range to level the score. (1-1)
27’. Nabil Fekir is fouled inside the box and takes the penalty himself, putting OL back in front. (1-2)
42’. Lopes comes up huge in goal to deny Sambia
45’. Fekir serves it on a platter for Memphis, who shoots over the crossbar.
61’. Lopes deflects a goal-bound shot over the bar with a finger-tip save.
80’. Cornet breaks free on the counterattack, but can't get his shot past Lecomte.
. THE MATCH.
Stuck in a two-game losing streak, OL had a date with Montpellier Wednesday night in the Coupe de France - the perfect opportunity to regain their form. Bruno Genesio made five changes to the team that fell to Monaco three days earlier, with Fernando Marçal and Mounter Diakhaby in defense, Lucas Tousart and Jordan Ferri in midfield and Maxwel Cornet leading the attack. The latter opened the score for the visitors early on (13’, 0-1), surprising Lecomte by shooting at goal when the keeper was expecting a cross into the box. As in the Coupe de la Ligue, a promising start was quickly erased by Montpellier, this time with an equalizer from Ikoné (22’, 1-1).
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Unlike the last cup meeting between both teams, however, Lyon put things back in their place quickly and retook the lead just five minutes later through Nabil Fekir . Brought down from behind inside the box, the captain converted the penalty himself, sending Lecomte the wrong way from the spot (27’, 1-1). The second half lacked the intensity of the opening 45 minutes, although Lyon had several chances to put away the match. Anthony Lopes was also decisive, making a pair of highlight-reel saves (42 'and 61') to preserve the one-goal lead. For the first time since 2011-12, Lyon are Coupe de France quarterfinalists.
. THE MOMENT .
Done in 30 minutes
You couldn’t help but fear Déjá vu. Just like against Monaco three days earlier, OL were ahead in the score within the first quarter of an hour, only to find themselves tied. This time, however, Genesio’s men reacted with a Nabil Fekir penalty. Thirty intense minutes were all they needed to secure the win.
. THE STAT .