Last weekend, Lyon continued with their poor form in Ligue 1 after being held to a 1-1 draw by Strasbourg at the Groupama Stadium. The draw left Lyon languishing in the middle of the table, despite their efforts to move upwards. Following their performance last Sunday, Rudi Garcia’s side is holding the 10th position with 34 points after their fourth game without a win.
Speaking after the game, Garcia said his team failed to secure a home win as they did not create enough goal-scoring opportunities, and they didn’t shoot enough at the goal. Garcia believes his men didn’t do enough as the home team, something that many Betway punters agree with. Here’s a closer look at what transpired during the match.
In recent months, Lyon has struggled to secure a home win in their League 1 campaign, winning only one out of four games at the Groupama Stadium since December. The team got off to a calamitous start on Sunday and Strasbourg almost took an early lead in the second minute. Marcal was ready to give the visitors an early opener with his overhit back-pass, but Anthony Lopes cleared the danger.
A few moments later, full-back Rafael twisted an ankle, and Kenny Tete replaced him. Nonetheless, Lyon settled down and got their well-deserved lead when Burkina Faso native Bertrand Traore headed home his first league goal of the season. The goal was courtesy of Maxwell Cornet’s incredible swinging cross.
The Burkina Faso forward made the game interesting, Betway bettors and he almost secured the win for Lyon with a flying header in the 31st minute. However, it brushed the outer side of the post and went out. Unfortunately for his side, Kevin Zohi helped Strasbourg to equalise in the 44th minute.
During the second half, Lyon had a great start, but that did not seem to stop Marcelo from heading a Strasbourg corner clear in the 52nd minute. Lyon’s coach then replaced Traore with Moussa Dembele in the 63rd minute in a bid to get more control over the last third. The former Celtic player had an excellent performance, freeing up space for Karl Toko and Cornet on both sides.
Toko teed up Cornet for a chance soon after, though the Ivorian international missed the goal in the 67th minute. Tete was next to threaten after breaking late in the box and letting the ball fly, though Matz Sels denied his efforts by turning it into a corner in the 71st minute. A few minutes later, Thierry Laurey sent Alexander Djiku towards goalscorer Zohi in the 74th minute, before Dimitri Lenard flew a shot over the goal. Kenny Lala also threatened Lyon in the 87th minute, but the ball hit the post to end the game in a draw.
While Lyon hasn’t been doing well over the last few months, their performance last weekend didn’t show any improvement in their current form. The 1-1 draw was the first time in nine Ligue 1 games that Olympique Lyon failed to score at least two goals against Strasbourg. Lyon is currently preparing to meet Metz this Friday in an away game, hoping to put an end to their patchy form.