Olympique Lyonnais ran out 3-0 winners in Friday night’s Ligue 1 fixture, in a week where Lyon had been at the centre of controversy.
Reports of a fall-out between Lindsey Rose and Corentin Tolisso and rumours of Lacazette mocking Yanga M’biwa after his catastrophic debut against Zenit have circulated French media this week, but Lyon put these all to bed in a convincing display at Stade Gerland.
3 goals for 3 new signings and 3 debut goals at that. Sergi Darder has had a mixed time of it up until now but put in a stellar performance and slotted home a Valbuena cross in the first half. He went on the hit the post and put one just wide in a night which could’ve seen the ex-Malaga man bag a hat-trick.
Mathieu Valbuena’s first games in a Lyon shirt have been well documented and his return to the Stade Vélodrome to play Marseille earlier in the campaign made headlines all over the world as his treatment by the Marseille faithful was appalling and so bad that the game was temporarily called to a halt. However, this didn’t seem to phase him and after setting up the opener, he doubled Lyon’s lead as he lashed home a Beauvue knock-back from just outside the box.
Toulouse seemed to wake up ever so slightly after falling even further behind and had a one-on-one chance spurned and a ball cleared off the line by Samuel Umtiti.
Lyon secured the points when Beauvue got his second assist of the night with a headed flick-on into Maxwell Cornet’s path, Cornet showed good strength and held off his marker well before he coolly finished past Ahamada. His first goal since signing from Metz in January.
The 3 points see Lyon move up to fourth and has Toulouse continue with their bad form, they languish towards the bottom of the Ligue 1 pile.