After OL – SL Benfica : a collective success
1147 days. It had been too long since Lyon had won in the Champions League at their stadium. It was 3-0 against Zagreb, on 14 September 2016, since OL had earned three points. There were, however, great moments similar to a win, like the draw against City (2-2), but no success as such. Against Benfica, OL have broken the spell. Les Gones continued their series of victories, doing the team's confidence a lot of good. Both for the players and for the fans, these scenes of joy were clear after the final whistle. In addition to being a victory for collective, there were also plenty of symbolic successes.
A blistering first goal for Andersen
In the 4th minute, with excellent service from Léo Dubois, the Dane made his presence felt. Joachim Andersen jumps higher than everyone and sends the ball deep into the net with a powerful header. His celebration says a lot: the defender, like his teammates, exults. The opening of the score is a moment of deliverance and sets the tone for the match perfectly. With this goal, his first at OL, Joachim Andersen scored the fastest goal by an OL player (3m40s) in the Champions League since Kim Kallström (2m23s) in 2009 against Debrecen.
Memphis nets 50
On ne l’arrête plus. Contre les Lisboètes, il a encore frappé et cette fois pour inscrire son 50ème but sous le maillot de l’OL. Avec ce nouveau record, le Néerlandais entre dans le top 20 des meilleurs buteurs de l’histoire du club. Il atteint cette barre symbolique en un temps record, seulement 130 matches (avec Bastia). Autre statistique intéressante, le gone marque toujours au bon moment : 32 victoires pour 5 nuls et 1 seule défaite sur les 38 rencontres où il a marqué. Contre les Portugais, il a signé son 11ème but de la saison sur une offrande de son passeur préféré, Houssem Aouar (4 passes décisives cette saison pour Memphis). Avec ce record, le Néerlandais entre dans la cour des grands et succède à des joueurs qui ont marqué l’histoire récente de l’OL : Karim Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette et Nabil Fekir. Cela ne s’arrête pas là, il devient également le 2ème joueur à marquer lors de 4 rencontres consécutives pour Lyon en Ligue des Champions depuis Sonny Anderson en octobre 2002.
But it didn't stop there. Against Lisbon, Memphis Depay struck again, this time to notch his 50th goal for OL. With this new record, the Dutchman enters the top 20 scorers in the history of the club. He reached this symbolic number in record time, in only 130 matches (including the abandoned fixture with Bastia). Another interesting statistic, he always seems to score at the right moment: 32 victories, 5 draws, and 1 only defeat on the 38 matches in which he has scored. Against the Portuguese side, he scored his 11th goal of the season on a pass from his favorite creative player, Houssem Aouar (4 assists this season for Memphis). With this record, the Dutchman enters the big leagues and follows players who have been key in the recent history of OL: Karim Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir. It does not stop there, though: he also becomes the 2nd player to score in 4 consecutive games for Lyon in the Champions League since Sonny Anderson in October 2002.
A reaction from Traoré
There was, however, yet to be one final moment of coming good. After complicated play during his last few appearances, Bertrand Traoré took the full measure of the challenge. In less than a half, the Burkinabé delivered a good performance by scoring a goal to conclude a dream night for all the people of Lyon. After a period of not having found the net, the attacker could once again hear his name chanted by a stadium with a last goal that assured the victory for his team.
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