OL give Genesio a goodbye to remember
. AS IT HAPPENED .
6'. Cornet opens the score with a cool finish to the far post. 0-1
9'. Gorgelin makes the save to deny Briançon.
11'. Ripart levels it for the home side. 1-1
22'. Marcelo's powerful header is kept out by Bernardoni.
28'. Savanier rattles the crossbar from distance.
38'. Memphis almost surprises the keeper with an sudden attempt at goal
45+3'. Bobichon's first time shot off a Savanier corner kick puts the hosts ahead. 2-1
89'. Cornet fires with his right foot to bag the brace and even the proceedings. 2-2
90+1'. Ndombele taps in Dubois' cross to give Lyon all three points. 2-3
There was no pressure whatsoever, but plenty of pride at stake as Olympique Lyonnais closed out the 2018/19 L1 season at the Stade des Costières, site of Friday's dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Nîmes. Bruno Genesio's tenure as OL head coach ended with another fantastic win a week after a 4-0 home blowout result over Caen assured Les Gones third place in the standings and a trip to the next Champions League.
Despite the lack of urgency, Lyon's outgoing boss only made one change to his Starting XI: with Mathieu Gorgelin replacing the injured Anthony Lopes (ribs) between the sticks. Everything else remained unchanged, and Maxwel Cornet continued his torrid end-of-season form by opening the score early off a Memphis service into the box (6 ', 0-1). The tone was set right away. But after a nice save from Gorgelin, Nimes, specifically striker Ripart, retaliated five minutes later (11 ', 1-1). The first period was open, with each side creating opportunities until the hosts finally took the lead in stoppage time . before the break. On a corner kick, Savanier set up Bobichon perfectly for the latter to break the deadlock (45+3'', 2-1).
The second period concluded just as the first did: with late drama. This time, however, it was OL making things happen, as Maxwel Cornet leveled the score by firing home with his right foot (89 ', 2-2) just seconds before Tanguy Ndombele tapped in Leo Dubois cross (90 + 1', 2-3 ) to turn things around in unexpected fashion. His first league goal and a last hurrah to remember for Bruno Genesio. So long, 2018/19...
. THE MOMENT .
Maxwel Cornet's brace
Maxwel Cornet finished this season just about as well as anybody could. With Friday's two-goal haul, the Ivorian striker was first involved in 12 goals in Ligue 1 Conforama this season (7 goals, 5 assists), including 11 in his last 10 games (6 goals, 5 assists) . Cornet also scored six goals in his last five matches.
. THE STAT .