Lyon vs. PSG: Winners and Losers from Ligue 1 Game

Jonathan Johnson@@Jon_LeGossipFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2016

Lyon vs. PSG: Winners and Losers from Ligue 1 Game

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    Paris Saint-Germain’s record unbeaten run of 36 matches is over after a 2-1 defeat away at Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.

    The hosts, roared on by magnificent support at Parc OL, were up 2-0 by the break and held on to deservedly claim all three points against a disappointing capital outfit.

    Maxwell Cornet set Les Gones on their way with a clinical finish from a precise first-time Alexandre Lacazette pass after just 13 minutes. That lead was doubled on the stroke of half-time by Sergi Darder with a poked finish after a sensational lob over Thiago Silva to set up the shot.

    PSG improved after the restart, aided by Laurent Blanc’s decision to introduce Javier Pastore in place of the woeful Benjamin Stambouli, and it was the Argentina international who helped to create Lucas Moura’s goal to halve the deficit.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal ruled out for a debatable offside, but otherwise Les Parisiens were unable to build on their consolation strike.

    Lyon coach Bruno Genesio could not hide his delight at the result when he spoke with the assembled press after the final whistle.

    I'm very proud and very happy. We really pulled something off here tonight. We managed to put a game plan into place and the players stuck to it perfectly. Our objective was to press them and we did it for the whole match. It wasn't easy, as it demands a lot of effort and concentration. We're back to where we should be on the table. It's a great moment - we need to savour it until Tuesday, and then start looking ahead to our match with Guingamp. I want to congratulate all the players and the staff. This match will serve as a benchmark.

    Here are some winners and losers from Lyon’s thoroughly deserved 2-1 win over PSG.

Winner: Sergi Darder

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    Darder’s third goal for Lyon was his most important so far and comfortably the most impressive as well.

    The former Spain under-21 international did well to control Rafael’s cross, which landed behind him, just before the break. However, it was his ability to lift the ball over Silva’s head that bought him the space to prod the ball past PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

    It was a magnificent finish from Darder and no less than he deserved for a wonderful performance. Had it not been for the German between the sticks for the visitors, then the Lyon No. 14 may well have had another goal to his name.

Loser: Thiago Motta

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    Lucky to be on the pitch for longer than the 22 minutes it took him to receive a fortuitous yellow card—which should have been red for a thinly veiled punch on Jordan Ferri—Thiago Motta hardly contributed anything positive for PSG.

    The Italian once again looked lost without Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi alongside him in the midfield, with replacements Stambouli and Adrien Rabiot not a good combination with Motta.

    Although there can be no denying Silva’s significant responsibility for Darder’s goal to make it 2-0, Motta could have intercepted Rafael’s cross but instead chose to duck out of it and put his captain in an even more difficult position.

Winner: Alexandre Lacazette

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    After the immense success of last season, Lyon’s Lacazette has struggled to hit the same heights this time around.

    However, the France international was in form similar to the variety we saw from him last term against PSG.

    Lacazette set up Cornet’s well-taken opener with a sublime first-time pass to find his OL team-mate, while he displayed some neat touches and made some clever passes throughout the rest of the game.

    It was a pleasure to see the 24-year-old playing with the same level of confidence that he displayed last campaign—something that has only been seen in flashes this season.

Loser: Gregory Van Der Wiel

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    After one of his best performances of the season so far in the 4-1 thrashing of Stade de Reims at Parc des Princes last weekend, Gregory van der Wiel put in one of his worst at Parc OL on Sunday.

    The Netherlands international was guilty of not doing enough to stop Cornet from opening the scoring—even though it was a lovely finish—and the 28-year-old struggled from that moment onwards.

    Van der Wiel was poor defensively and offered little going forward, regularly pinned back in his own half because Lyon had rightly identified him as a weak link in a vulnerable PSG back line.

Winner: Bruno Genesio

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    Having seen his Lyon side beaten twice by PSG since the start of 2016—once in the Coupe de France and once in the Coupe de la Ligue—coach Bruno Genesio was determined to make the third time lucky at Parc OL on Sunday.

    The 49-year-old did just that, and he masterminded an impressive victory for Les Gones that lifts them into third place in the Ligue 1 table, despite a plethora of significant players missing.

    OL have improved since Genesio took over from Hubert Fournier, and becoming the first team to beat PSG in the league this season is just reward for the progress made since the start of the year.

Loser: Thiago Silva

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    So often a rock at the heart of the PSG defence, the captain endured a poor performance in Lyon on Sunday.

    Largely at fault for Darder’s goal, the Brazilian struggled to marshal an unusually vulnerable capital outfit back line and should be grateful that his side were not further embarrassed at Parc OL.

    While Silva was still solid and commanding, despite a wobbly defensive showing against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions league recently, the 31-year-old was off his game against Les Gones and was exposed.

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