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RB Leipzig 0, Lyon 2: Depay, Terrier help ease pressure on Sylvinho



PRESSURE eased on Lyon head coach, Sylvinho after goals from Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier gave them an away win over RB Leipzig.  Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier both scored to give struggling Lyon a morale-boosting 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in Champions League Group G on Wednesday.


Lyon had not won a game since a 6-0 thrashing of Angers in Ligue 1 on August 16 which had increased the scrutiny on head coach Sylvinho.  However, Depay and Terrier struck either side of the break as Lyon ruthlessly exploited defensive sloppiness from the Bundesliga side.


The away win put Lyon level on four points with Group G leaders, Zenit, while Leipzig are a further point behind in third place. In-form Timo Werner spurned a great early chance to score for Leipzig when he arrived to meet Lukas Klostermann’s low cross only for his finishing to let him down as he guided the ball wide. Lyon capitalised on the miss and took the lead thanks to a piece of opportunism from Depay after 11 minutes.


Houssem Aouar stole possession off Dayot Upamecano, who lost his footing as he attempted to clear, and Depay took the ball off his team-mate’s toe before he strode forward and clinically sent a low shot past Peter Gulacsi.  Werner skipped clear of the visitors’ defence before the half-hour mark but, with just Lyon goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes to beat, spooned his shot over crossbar.


Lyon hung on for the remainder of the half and only an audacious backheeled flick off the line by Marcelo from Yussuf Poulsen’s header prevented Leipzig from equalising. Depay’s curling free-kick picked out the unmarked Terrier early in the second half and although he headed wide it signalled Lyon’s intent.


Terrier made up for his earlier miss with 25 minutes to go when causal defensive play from substitute Nordi Mukiele, who lost the ball after a stepover, allowed the forward to steal in and strike a low shot into the bottom corner.

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