Paris 2-1 Lyon

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Paris come from behind to beat Lyon

After an epic opening 45 minutes, that featured a scintillating Javier Pastore, Paris came from behind to defeat Olympique Lyonnais 2-1, and stay within striking distance of leaders Monaco in the standings.


This Paris vs OL had all the trimmings of a classic between two resolutely attacking outfits. And it lived up to the billing! Both sides looked to dominate, both sides had their moments. And it was the visitors that started the better. In the first 15 minutes, Paris struggled under the Lyon pressure. Lacazette opened the scoring in just the sixth minute, heading home at the back post (0-1, 6'). The capital club was shaky and needed Maxwell to clear off the line in front of Diakhaby (9'). Lyon were on top, but Paris responded in kind. The capital club advanced their defensive line and started applying the pressure in midfield through Adrien Rabiot and Marco Verratti... and then, there was Pastore…

The Argentine created a first goal, the equaliser for Rabiot (1-1, 34'). The capital club were back in the hunt… On the counterattack, Memphis had a chance, but his route was blocked by Kevin Trapp (39'). Moments later, Pastore was at it again with a gem of a pass for Julian Draxler to drive the ball into the bottom corner (2-1, 40'). It was a spectacular opening 45 minutes and the second half was just as intense. Di Maria (55') and Cavani (61') were both denied by Lopes, while Matuidi fired just wide (83') before Lucas and Cavani couldn't kill the game off (88'). But the final whistle confirmed the victory for Les Rouge et Bleu. Undefeated in 12 Ligue 1 matches now, Paris remain three points behind Monaco in the title race, and are now four ahead of fourth-placed nice. The sprint finale starts in two weeks' time!

Tonight, the Paris No.10 showed off all his talents; that incredible ability to read the play, to feel the action... to invent and improvise. In six first-half minutes, he turned the match around. A veritable magic trick. After a one-two with his compatriot Angel Di Maria, he cut the ball back for Adrien Rabiot to equalise (34'). And then he picked out Julian Draxler on the edge of the area for the winner (40'). Two wonderful inspirations that showcased his quality. When he plays this way, El Flaco is a true match winner!

The Ligue 1 makes way for the international break now... in 13 days, Paris head to Parc OL for the final of the Coupe de la Ligue… but without Olympique Lyonnais. On 1 April, Paris and Monaco will lock horns in the 23rd Coupe de la Ligue. Paris will be looking for a fourth consecutive League Cup crown… the first trophy defence this season...

Edouard Chevalier

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