Rétro ASSE - OL : Dembéle and Dubois, crossed fates
We are playing in the 95th minute and the situation seems hopeless. In this match between AS St-Etienne and Olympique Lyonnais, Nabil Fekir scored from a penalty (65) to equal after Romain Hamouma (21st) had given Les Verts the lead; the two teams seemed to be heading for a frustrating draw. However, one couldn't count on the self-sacrifice of two men, coming on in the 80th minute of play for Kenny Tete, Léo Dubois delivered the last-chance cross for Moussa Dembélé (58th minute) who emphatically found the back of the net. 1-2 to OL and the status of hero for these two players, who arrived jointly in the summer of 2018.
Being decisive in a derby often makes it possible to be adopted forever by the supporters and to acquire a cult status. This has never been as true as for the two French players. Faced with tougher competition than they had previously experienced in their careers and a time of bedding into the squad, they had integrated fitfully under their new colors before this meeting in January (7 starts in Ligue 1 for Léo Dubois, 8 for Moussa Dembélé). Subsequently, they became undroppable (15 starts for the first, 13 for the second).
This goal on the final whistle represented the birth of the two friends' partnership under the colors of Olympique Lyonnais. This Sunday, they return to the Geoffroy Guichard with a different status. Moussa Dembélé is considered one of the best strikers of the championship while Léo Dubois is a regular for France. Nine months later, back where it all began, it would be a beautiful symbol to offer fans a reminder of a moment that jumpstarted their Lyon careers.