Memphis Depay shines as Lyon draw to remain forward of Pochettino’s PSG
Memphis Depay scored and created the equalizer as Lyon drew at Rennes 2-2 to remain forward of Paris Saint-Germain, which received a scrappy 3-Zero dwelling win in opposition to Brest in Ligue 1.
Rennes was coasting at 2-Zero when the Netherlands ahead Depay chested down a cross and volleyed dwelling fantastically within the 78th on Saturday. Three minutes later, he teed up central defender Jason Denayer with a pinpoint cross.
Lyon prolonged its unbeaten run to 16 video games and was one level forward of defending champion PSG and Lille after 19 of 38 video games.
Lille received at rock-bottom Nimes 1-Zero due to a first-half objective from burly Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz and it trails PSG on objective distinction.
At Parc des Princes, new PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino was once more with out Neymar, who nurses an ankle harm sustained simply earlier than the winter break.
PSG took a considerably fortuitous lead when a header from captain Marquinhos hit the publish and the free ball landed proper at Moise Kean’s ft for a straightforward objective within the 15th.
Modest midtable Brest minimize by PSG’ 3 times inside the primary 15 minutes of the second half but couldn’t muster a shot on course to check goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
After Kylian Mbappe — the second costliest participant in historical past at 180 million euros (USD 220 million) behind Neymar — fluffed probabilities, substitutes Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarrabia added gloss to an unconvincing show with targets within the last 10 minutes.
In Brittany, Karl Toko Ekambi recovered from the coronavirus and returned to Lyon’s three-man assault alongside Depay and Tino Kadewere.
However it was two former Lyon gamers who mixed to present Rennes the lead halfway by the primary half, as winger Martin Terrier arrange ex-France midfielder Clement Grenier simply contained in the penalty space. Grenier was concerned within the second objective, scored by Benjamin Bourigeaud within the 54th.
Depay then got here to the fore.
Monaco moved into fourth place after beating customer Angers 3-0, and fifth-placed Rennes was one level forward of sixth-placed Marseille, which drew at relegation battler Dijon 0-Zero with playmaker Dimitri Payet surprisingly left on the bench regardless of scoring in midweek.
Additionally, it was: Lens 0, Strasbourg 1; Reims 3, Saint-Etienne 1; Bordeaux 2, Lorient 1; Metz 1, Good 1, and Montpellier 1, Nantes 1.