This Saturday, January 9, 2021, the Lyon club went for the draw, snatch, on the lawn of Rennes. The score: two goals everywhere. OL are continuing their good streak, and now have 16 games in a row without defeat. Olympique Lyonnais is the fall champion.
A return to the mental … A draw that looks like a hold-up … The comments on the meeting against Rennes are not the most laudatory. But at the end of this 19th day of Ligue 1 football, Olympique Lyonnais remains leader with 40 points, and ends this first leg of the championship with a series of 16 games without defeat. OL are crowned autumn champions.
OL non-existent for 78 minutes
“Come back out of nowhere and pull a draw in this match where we were clearly not good: we have a crazy mind!“Exclaimed Lucas after the final whistle. In one sentence, this Lyon supporter has said everything about this meeting between Stade Rennais and Olympique Lyonnais on January 9, 2021.
In this match counting for the 19th day of the championship, the Lyonnais were led, “mistreated” even, for a long, very long time. In football, a match lasts 90 minutes. And this January 9, 2021, OL had lost the match until the last ten minutes of play.
On the Rennes lawn, Lyon struggled. From the 20th minute, OL fell 1-0 after a goal from Clément Grenier … a former Lyonnais. In the second period, the Bretons concretized their domination with a second goal, signed by Benjamin Bourigeaud. Possession of the ball, successful passes, shots on target, all the statistics of the meeting show that Lyon displays a pale leadership figure.
Depay and Denayer as saviors
65th minute of play, OL finally sees a little light, thanks to the duo Depay-Denayer. The first takes a corner, the Rennes goalkeeper pushes back on the second and the ball ends up in the net. But the goal is denied after using the video. Jason Denayer scored … with his arm.
But for the striker and the Lyon defender, it is only a postponement. The OL captain goes on a chest check and a right foot volley. Memphis Depay signs his eleventh goal of the season and puts Lyon back in the game. Three minutes later, the Dutch international is still on the move. Free kick and cross … Jason Denayer takes over and scores. 82nd minute, Olympique Lyonnais finally got back to the score, 2-2, and thus keeps his chair as leader and champion of Auotmne.
“We showed character”
Author of a superb goal and a decisive pass to avoid defeat for his club, Memphis Depay said on the microphone of OL TV that it was necessary “continue like this even if we have things to improve“. “It was important to finish this first phase being at the top. We are a club with a lot of ambitions, which deserves to be in its place. And we will do everything to finish as high as possible at the end of the season“said Anthony Lopes, Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper, to RMC Sport.
The final word ? We picked this from Aoshyra on Twitter: “this draw is a small miracle. I hope to see more mobility and envy next week against Metz“. See you in ten days for the continuation. In the meantime, with 40 points against 39 for PSG, OL remain leader of Ligue 1 after this 19th day of the championship, marking the end of the match phase Lyon is the autumn champion.