Depay leads Olympique de Lyon's comeback against Dijon

The Dutchman scored a hat-trick and was actively involved in Olympique Lyon's four goals against Dijon, which he started by winning in the first half.


A fantastic game by Memphis Depay, signed through three goals and an assist, helped Olympique Lyon to come back against weak Dijon. The Rhone team debuted in Ligue 1 with a comfortable victory against an opponent who, despite starting out winning, gave the game away with their defensive errors.

Rudi García had to rebuild the team a few hours before the game. After having achieved a feat qualifying for the semifinals of the Champions League, the coach was deprived of Houssem Aouar after testing positive for coronavirus. The midfielder, recently called up with the French team for the first time, had just made a spectacular final phase of the European Cup, establishing himself as the leader of Lyon. His loss meant a jug of cold water, even more so against a rival who went to retreat to Parc OL.

Lyon repeated the system of three centrals that had given them so much success in the Lisbon bubble, with the novelty of Dembélé at the attack point and with a midfield formed by Guimaraes, Caqueret and Memphis hooking up in the midfielder. For their part, Dijon played with the same system that they lost against Angers, with the loss of Pape Diop, who could not play this Friday since he is on loan in Burgundy by OL.

Despite the inactivity, Lyon and Dijon provided a frenzied first half. Both teams went out onto the pitch as if it were a Cup final and enjoyed clear opportunities. However, the award was initially taken by Jobard's team, thanks to a Schleider goal taking advantage of Lyon's defensive uncertainty on a second play. The striker, who makes his Ligue 1 debut this season, took a great burden off his shoulders, as last week he scored two goals against Dijon that were annulled for offside.

Lyon did not seem to be that overwhelming team on the counter-attack and vertical that had caused the surprise in the Champions League. Rudi García's men suffered again against an opponent who gave them possession of the ball from minute 1. However, the key to the first 45 minutes was Cornet's left wing. The forward, converted into a winger this season, put up 15 centers without a finisher before the break. A condition that allowed Dijon to survive, before the local avalanche.

In just seven minutes, Lyon turned the game around. First through Cornet, who, despite not having his best night as a player, forced the penalty that transformed Memphis Depay and that was the tie for the Rhone team. Two minutes later, the Dutchman invented a spectacular reverse to put a center-kick that Lautoa got into his goal. But he would still have to score a goal before the break, taking advantage of another uncertainty from the Dijon defense and to make the third at will. It was in the blink of an eye, but Lyon removed with a stroke the doubts generated regarding the game during the first two thirds of the first half.

In the second half, Jobard introduced Panzo to try to correct Dijon's defensive problems. The Englishman, U-17 world champion in 2017 with England, could not have had a worse debut with his new team, committing a very innocent penalty on Dubois that Depay ended up signing from 11 meters. The Dutchman was able to score his last goal with the Lyon shirt, as he retired to a rousing ovation that suggests that he will leave France in the coming days. Cherki entered, who in his first two actions left two flashes of great quality. With the match sentenced, both teams signed a truce during the last 15 minutes that finally settled the match.

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