As he's done throughout his career, Nabil Fekir delivered when Olympique Lyonnais needed him most Wednesday night. The captain came on as a second-half sub and spearheaded OL's come-from-behind 2-2 draw at Toulouse - first assisting Moussa Dembelé with a perfect through ball and then securing a point for Les Gones three minutes from time thanks to a picture-perfect free kick to the upper right corner. An absolute beauty and a milestone for Fekir, who reached the 50 goal mark in Ligue 1. With just 130 Ligue 1 Conforama matches to his name, that's an average of a goal every 2.6 matches for the 25-year-old midfielder, who's ninth among all active scorers in the league. In addition, the French World Cup champion is on the verge of becoming the top scorer at Groupama Stadium, with 28 goals - just one less than Alexandre Lacazette (29).
The story began on April 27, 2014 at Gerland, where Fekir opened his scoring account for OL in a 4-1 win over Bastia. It would be the first of many great moments for the hometown hero, who in just three years would be given the captain's armband and establish himself as the current face of the organization.
His favorite victim
Of his 50 Ligue 1 goals, seven have come against Montpellier. Fekir has scored on MHSC in five games, including two braces as well as his most recent league goal before Wednesday night's free kick stunner: in a 1-1 draw last December 22.
Five clubs pending
Fekir hasn't scored against five clubs in the French first division: Lille, Nice, Reims, Nimes and Amiens have all resisted until now. But the season is far from over, and the captain will face three of these opponents (Amiens, Nice, LOSC) before the end of the 2018-19 campaign.