Memphis Depay scored a stunning late winners as Olympique Lyonnais pipped Olympique de Marseille 3-2 in a thriller that enhanced the visitors’ prospects of finishing in the top three.
Olympique de Marseille 2-3 Olympique Lyonnais
Knocked out of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, OL knew that defeat at Orange Vélodrome would relegate them to eight points back from third-placed OM. Instead Bruno Genesio’s side are two points off OM with eight games left to play this Ligue 1 Conforama season.
OL began timidly and OM dominated both possession and the chance count. Dimitri Payet (13′ and 20′) had a couple of chances but when OL did press forward they caused OM problems and Steve Mandanda, who had a fine game, saved well from Bertrand Traoré (28′).
Rolando (31′) opened the scoring with his first league goal of the season. Adil Rami connected with a Payet free-kick and his fellow centre-half, freshly recalled to the Portugal squad, beat Anthony Lopes from six yards. Mandanda (40′) tipped a Maxwel Cornet shot onto the post as OL dominated the latter stages of the opening period.
OL were rewarded (42′) with a fortunate goal as Tanguy Ndombele’s cross from the right hit Cornet and then bounced off Rami’s head and over the line. In the 52nd minute Houssem Aouar, who sat out the loss to CSKA Moscow on Thursday through illness, curled in from the edge of the area right-footed after being teed up by Bertrand Traoré.
But for a brilliant Mandanda (70′) tipping over a Traoré volley OL would have been two goals ahead. OM supersub Kostas Mitroglou (84′) equalised with a header after a Payet pass looped up off ex-OM defender Jérémy Morel. Mitroglou has scored in three of his last four league appearances off the OM bench.
There was to be late drama (90′) as Mariano Diaz flicked on a long Lopes free-kick and OL substitute Memphis Depay cleverly looped a header over Mandanda and into the corner. The Dutchman’s winner means OL go into the international break in a better frame of mind.
THE PLAYER: Memphis Depay
Just as in the home game against PSG in Week 22 the Dutchman stepped off the bench to net a remarkable winner. It was the former Manchester United man’s first league goal since OL downed the leaders and took him to double figures for the league season. Depay picked up a cut eyebrow in the process of scoring, a small price to pay for such a big goal.
THE STAT: 12
This was Olympique de Marseille’s first defeat in 12 Ligue 1 Conforama games since falling 3-1 to Rennes on September 10 2017.