Nabil Fekir scored a breathtaking goal from halfway as 10-man Olympique Lyonnais drew 3-3 with Girondins de Bordeaux in a tremendous game at the Groupama Stadium on Saturday.
Olympique Lyonnais 3 – 3 Girondins de Bordeaux
Fekir intercepted a Valentín Vada pass inside his own half and with a couple of touches advanced to the halfway line, where a sweep of his right boot sent the ball sailing over Benoît Costil and into the top-left corner.
It was a truly special effort. Memphis Depay did something almost identical here for OL against Toulouse last season but the likelihood is that Fekir’s strike will not be bettered anywhere in this Ligue 1 Conforama campaign.
It left Bordeaux shell-shocked, and they were two goals down midway through the first period. Depay won a free-kick wide on the left which he delivered for his fellow Dutchman Kenny Tete – making his first start for his new club following a summer move from Ajax – to score (23′).
Darder red a turning point
Things were going swimmingly for Bruno Genesio’s side until Sergi Darder picked up two yellow cards in quick succession and was sent off with nine minutes of the first half still to play. The hosts needed to weather the storm and hang on until the break without conceding, but they couldn’t. Malcom won a free-kick and the Brazilian’s effort struck the wall. However, the ball came back to him and he tried his luck with a half-volley which would surely have been saved but for a big deflection off Mariano Díaz which did for Anthony Lopes (41′).
Still it looked as if Lyon had put the game to bed when Bertrand Traoré scored direct from a free-kick for his first goal for the club after Tete had been fouled to restore the hosts’ two-goal advantage (74′). But the 10 men cracked at the end.
First substitute Mouctar Diakhaby helped on a Théo Pellenard cross and the ball fell to Lukas Lerager, the Dane taking his time before firing home to restore hope for the visitors (88′). Then Malcom got his second of the game with another world-class strike, exchanging passes with François Kamano before beating Anthony Lopes with a guided missile of an effort from the best part of 30 yards.
THE PLAYER: Nabil Fekir
Even with nine goals in Ligue 1 last season, there was a feeling that Fekir was not the player that took French football by storm before suffering a serious knee injury while on international duty with France at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign. Handed the captain’s armband now that the likes of Maxime Gonalons, Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso have gone, the hope is that Fekir, at 24, will step up and be the leader of this new-look OL. Well, his goal here – from 54 metres on his weaker foot – was something truly special and the early signs are that Fekir is coming back to his best.
THE STAT: 36
Lyon had been hoping to make it three wins from their first three games at the start of the season but were denied right at the death. The last time they achieved that was in 1981, 36 years ago and counting