Late dramatics as OL win derby at the death!
. AS IT HAPPENED .
12’. Brilliant long-range lob from Memphis that Ruffier tips over the bar.
21’. Hamouma gives the home side the lead with a header. 1-0.
34’. Fekir tests Ruffier with a low shot to the far post.
42’. Lopes makes a diving save to stop Monnet-Paquet's effort.
46’. Ruffier swats away Fekir's goal-bound header.
51’. Denayer makes an acrobatic clearance to prevent Khazri from scoring.
62’. Lopes makes a brilliant double save on Khazri.
65’. Perrin's hand ball inside the box allows Fekir to level the score from the penalty spot. 1-1.
86’. Fekir's thunderous shot is kept out by Ruffier.
89’. Lopes thwarts Cabella from close range before Dubois does the same as Diony threatened.
90+5’. Dembélé connects a header between two defenders to give OL the last-gasp win. 1-2.
. THE MATCH.
Local bragging rights, implications in the Ligue 1 standings, settling old scores... the stakes were high in Sunday night's derby at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, where Olympique Lyonnais pulled out a dramatic, last-gasp 2-1 win over Saint-Etienne to leapfrog over their regional arch rivals and move into third place.
Given all that was up for grabs, it was no surprise seeing both teams going right at it from the opening whistle. Memphis put an early scare into the home side with a dangerous long-range lob before Hamouma headed in the game's opening goal for Les Verts in the 21st minute.
Down but not out, Lyon pushed for an equalizer that Ruffier resisted with several notable stops between the pipes. But Lopes was even more incredible in OL's goal, coming up with a remarkable double save on Khazri to keep the visitors in the game. And when Fekir finally tied the match (65') from the penalty spot with 25 minutes left, the momentum shifted Les Gones' way. In the end, it would take a last-gasp header from Dembélé, off a cross from fellow second-half sub Dubois, to give Bruno Genesio and company all three points and sole possession of third place. And what a way to do it!
. THE STAT .