Olympique Lyonnais bounced back from their midweek disappointment to win 2-1 away to SM Caen in a thrilling encounter at the Stade Michel-d’Ornano on Sunday.
SM Caen 1 – 2 Olympique Lyonnais
OL’s long unbeaten run was ended in a shock home defeat to LOSC and coach Bruno Genesio made two changes from his side to that game. Kenny Tete was recalled along with Maxwel Cornet and it was the latter who put the visitors ahead in Normandy 10 minutes in. Memphis Depay and Mariano Díaz got in each other’s way in the box but the ball fell to Cornet, who swept home his second goal from his last two starts.
In an entertaining first half, captain Nabil Fekir and Díaz both came close to scoring further goals for Lyon, but Caen had their chances too. Adama Mbengue saw his cross from wide on the left come back off the far post of a bamboozled Anthony Lopes, while Alexander Djiku headed wide when unmarked at a corner and Ivan Santini had the ball in the net in the 31st minute only for the offside flag to rescue the visitors.
Lyon went on to increase their lead early in the second half. Ronny Rodelin got himself ino trouble just outside his own box and Depay’s interception saw the ball to Díaz. The former Real Madrid man then crashed home a volley from 20 yards for his 12th goal of the campaign (54′).
Santini grabs consolation
Caen kept battling, and Rodelin struck a post with a tremendous effort midway through the second half before Lopes saved from Santini. But the Croatian striker did eventually get his goal in the 90th minute, showing wonderful skill to escape the clutches of both Mouctar Diakhaby and Lucas Tousart in the area and then firing home.
It was not enough though, as Caen lost for the first time in four. Lyon are once again above defending champions AS Monaco on goal difference and assured of ending the weekend on the podium.
THE PLAYER: Mariano Díaz
As the weeks go by, Real Madrid must regret more and more their decision to allow Díaz to leave in the summer. His 12th goal in 16 Ligue 1 Conforama appearances was a belter and proved to be the winner.
THE STAT: 1
The number of defeats suffered by Lyon in their last 13 Ligue 1 Conforama away outings, and that was at Paris Saint-Germain (2-0) in September. They had won 5-0 in each of their previous three away games before this one.