Dembélé scorer, not Vitinha, Dubois who excels… The tops and flops after the Lyon qualifier against FC Porto (1-1) this Thursday, in C3.
Moussa Dembélé sends OL to the quarter
The Olympique Lyonnais striker will have weighed heavily on the Portuguese defence. He manages to score on his first chance, his first goal in the Europa League this season. On a brilliant opening by Léo Dubois, behind the Portuguese defense, he resists the return of Mbemba and manages to trick Costa by crossing his shot. Next, Dembélé continued to weigh in on the opponent’s defense with a header that went slightly over (21st) and lost to Costa (63rd). Lyon’s only scorer this Thursday, Moussa Dembélé advanced OL to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Léo Dubois puts in a solid performance
The Lyon right side made a good copy. Léo Dubois, who was not in Didier Deschamps’ list earlier in the day, had a very solid race. He is the first decisive passer on Dembélé’s goal with a very nice lobed pass felt well in the back of the Portuguese defense (12th). In the first period, the captain of Les Gones repeated the efforts by bringing his presence to every Lyon offensive. Defensively, he was also very solid, notably with an excellent return to get ahead of Martinez, in excellent position but unable to arm his attack. Dubois has been harassed frequently by Lyon fans in recent months and played a big game for his supporters. Reconciliation in sight?
Thiago Mendes as defense boss
The Brazilian was very tough. Missed his game against Rennes on Sunday (2-4 loss), behaved like a boss and overtook a ball from Lukeba when he came back to stop Martinez with authority. After that he was always well placed and made several very valuable interceptions. He was not faulted and dominated the Portuguese attackers to reassure his defence.
Vitinha misses match point
After their 1-0 defeat in Portugal, FC Porto had to win by at least one goal on Thursday to hope for extra time and consider a place in the quarter-finals. First that led to the score, the Portuguese managed to equalize thanks to Pepé (26th). In the second half the “Dragons” made the game but didn’t really know how to be dangerous against a Lyon block well in place. Porto, however, will have one last goal in the closing seconds of the match. Pepé heads the ball to 6 meters on a free kick. The Lyon defense is taken behind his back and Vitinha appears on the penalty spot. Unfortunately for Porto, the striker misses the inevitable, the ball sticks to his feet and Lopes throws himself to stop it. An incredible missed opportunity that could have sent Porto into extra time.
Portuguese defense too feverish
If the attacks didn’t really take over the defense this Thursday evening, FC Porto’s defense line cracked anyway. The defense is very crooked on Moussa Dembélé’s goal. Then Dembele and Lucas Paqueta undermined this somewhat sluggish defense with a few moves, including well-crafted counter-attacks. Karl Toko Ekambi and Romain Faivre also took over the opposing team several times.