. AS IT HAPPENED .
5’: Memphis breaks free down the left side and fires just wide of goal.
16’: Lopes makes the stop on Khaoui's low driven effort.
26’: Denayer heads Memphis' cross into the back of the net. 1-0.
45+2’: Memphis sends a curling effort just off target on the counter.
50’: Tousart sends a perfect through ball as Cornet beats the charging keeper with a nifty chip shot. 2-0.
74’: Dembélé latches on to Tete's cross with a first-time volley that Zelazny keeps out.
78’: Ninga pulls one back for Caen, pushing in the rebound after a free kick went off the bar.
84’: Memphis puts the game away with a deflected free kick. 3-1.
Lyon were back to their normal, solid selves Wednesday night with a 3-1 win over Caen that booked their ticket to the Coupe de France semifinal. After Sunday's forgettable performance at Monaco in Ligue 1 Conforama, Les Gones needed to rebound, both collectively and individually. For the latter, that rang especially true for Memphis, bogged down in a personal slump that made him the target of critics in recent weeks. All that changed with a Man of the Match display by the Dutchman, who notched an assist and a goal - including the cross that Jason Denayer headed into the back of the net in the 26th minute to give the home side the deserved lead.
The second half saw Caen come out with a more aggressive attitude, but Maxwel Cornet quickly doubled Lyon's lead, making it a 2-0 game five minutes after the break. All alone with only the keeperthanks to Lucas Tousart's defense-splitting pass, the Ivorian striker beat the charging Zelazny with a nifty chip shot. The hosts seemed to have everything under control until Ninga cut into their lead with twelve minutes remaining. However, any momentum the visitors had was cut shot when Djiku was sent off with a red card for a goal-denying foul on Memphis. The latter's subsequent free kick deflected off the defensive wall and ended in the back of the net to seal the win for OL and send their nearly 30,000 fans in attendance home happy.
. THE STAT .