Olympique Lyonnais wasted a two-goal lead as they played out their second 3-3 draw in as many Ligue 1 Conforama games in a thrilling encounter at Angers SCO on Sunday.
Angers SCO 3-3 Olympique Lyonnais
Both Angers and Lyon could have regrets after letting leads slip in Week 7 to finish with just a point and the pair were surely determined to secure all three when they stepped out into the rain at the Stade Raymond Kopa.
Lyon quickly seized the initiative: Mariano Diaz firing in his sixth goal of the season from Rafael’s cross just five minutes in. The summer signing from Real Madrid might have had a second had he connected more cleanly with another cross from the Brazilian full-back (10′) or produced a better first touch when played clean through. The ball ricocheted off his chest, and somehow found its way past Alexandre Letellier, but Baptiste Santamaria cleared before it reached the net (22′).
There was no-one to save Rafael when he slid to block Vincent Manceau’s cross only to send the ball past a wrong-footed Anthony Lopes to level the scores (30′), but Mouctar Diakhaby’s powerful header (38′) and Memphis Depay’s close-range finish after Letellier had spilled a shot (41′) gave OL a handy half-time lead.
A Lopes save with his feet from Flavien Tait (46′) suggested Angers would not accept their fate, and though Letellier produced a brilliant stop to deny Fekir a fourth (48′), after Lyon had been reduced to ten men following Marcelo’s dismissal (50′), the hosts pressed incessantly.
They pulled one back through Karl Toko-Ekambi, who drilled low past Lopes (58′) before Thomas Mangani’s corner was headed in by Ismaël Traoré to level things up (67′). Lyon, who had been 1-0 and 3-2 up against Dijon last weekend, must have been suffering flashbacks.
It would have been worse for Bruno Genesio’s side if Baptiste Guillaume had forced home a Manceau cross (73′) or fellow substitute Gilles Sunu had not shot straight at Lopes in added time (90+1′), but Angers will not be too disappointed by their sixth drawn of the campaign.
THE PLAYER: Mouctar Diakhaby
The 20-year-old centre-back had played just 21 minutes of Ligue 1 Conforama football all season, but was immediately in the groove when thrown into the first team. His goal was as commanding as his display, which gives Genesio credible options at the heart of his defence.
THE STAT: 5
Lyon are now winless in five matches in all competitions, their worst run since November-December 2015.