Nabil Fekir’s stunning lob that opened the scoring in Olympique Lyonnais’ spectacular 3-3 draw with Girondins de Bordeaux on Saturday is the second-longest shot to find the net in Ligue 1 Conforama history.
Fekir sent the ball flying over the head of Benoît Costil from 54 metres at Parc OL just ten minutes into the Week 3 fixture, earning himself a prominent place in the French top-flight’s history books.
The strike, which was hit with the France international’s supposedly weaker right foot, comes second only to Saber Khalifa’s whopping 64-metre effort for Evian-Thonon-Gaillard against OGC Nice in May 2013.
“I looked up before shooting and saw that Benoît Costil was out of his goal. I took a chance and I was lucky enough it went in,” Fekir told media afterwards
“Yes, it was with my right foot, but I didn’t worry about that. I did it instinctively, and it went in. It’s proof that I’m confident in myself. It’s something I’ve worked on in training and already tried in a match.
“This evening it worked, which is good for me and the team. It gave us a good start, but in football the team is the most important thing and unfortunately we didn’t win.”
Fekir’s breathtaking goal sees him move ahead of team-mate Memphis Depay in the chart, pipping the former Manchester United man’s effort against Toulouse last season by three metres.
Top five longest goals scored in Ligue 1 Conforama
1. Saber Khalifa (Evian), against Nice, 12 May 2013: 64 metres
2. Nabil Fekir (Lyon), against Bordeaux, 19 August 2017: 54 metres
3. Memphis Depay (Lyon), against Toulouse, 12 March 2017: 51 metres
4. Valter Birsa (Auxerre), against Nancy, 6 December 2009: 48 metres
5. Grégory Proment (Caen), against Evian, 24 September 2011: 47 metres