Fekir helps OL snatch late draw at Toulouse
. LES TEMPS FORTS .
12’: Durmaz gets his shot past Lopes to open the score for Toulouse. 1-0.
36’: Traoré's header off a Memphis cross goes just wide of the frame.
56’: Aouar has space inside the box, only to shoot off-target
74’: VAR calls a penalty on Denayer for a hand ball. Durmaz converts from the spot. 2-0.
75’: Dembélé pulls one back for Lyon after a nice assist from Fekir. 2-1.
82’: Traoré's goal-bound header is kept out by Reynet.
87’: Fekir levels the score with a brilliant free kick. 2-2.
91’: Memphis' acrobatic bicycle kick is off-target
97’: Reynet makes the save on Dembélé's last-gasp header.
. THE MATCH.
Winless in their last two matches, Lyon looked to get back on track while also closing the gap on second-place Lille with a victory Wednesday night at Toulouse. Despite the urgency of their situation, Les Gones lacked any type of spark in the opening minutes, while the home side took an early lead on Durmaz's 12th-minute opener. Chances would eventually come their way in the ensuing minutes, but things didn't quite click for Bruno Genesio's men, who went into the break down a goal.
With his players wasting additional chances in the second half and the clock ticking, Genesio decided to sent in Fekir and Ndombele and switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation in hopes of giving his squad an offensive boost. Defensively, however, OL still struggled and conceded a penalty after Denayer was called for a hand ball, allowing Durmaz to convert from the spot. With their backs against the wall, the visitors reacted almost immediately when third and final sub Dembélé pulled one back with a slick finish in front of a charging Reynet. Then, with just three minutes remaining, Fekir leveled the score with a brilliant free kick to the upper right corner. Lyon flirted with a third, winning goal during the seven minutes of stoppage time, but in the end were forced to settle for a point. All things considered, it was more than welcome ahead of Sunday's highly anticipated derby at Saint-Etienne.
. THE STAT .