With the excitement and effervescence of youth comes the inevitable drop of heads and lack of management when form dips, and nowhere is that observation currently more telling than with Lyon.
Amidst such an impressive season for a young and inexperienced side who lost key men last summer came that memorable 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain some four weeks ago, but ever since that result, it’s been downhill for Les Gones, as three defeats in a row have them looking up at the top three.
They did fashion a win in the Europa League against Villarreal in midweek, and that might well be seen as a catalyst for a revival, especially when they took the lead at latest opponents Lille through Bertrand Traore. Traore added a second before half time and it looked like all plain sailing.
But astonishingly, Lyon would throw it away, as goals from Nicolas Pepe and Araujo Guimaraes ensured the spoils would be shared. Four league games without a win, Bruno Genesio’s side are now six points from a Champions League spot.
That’s mainly because all three sides above them won this weekend, not least PSG, even if they had to come from behind to record a 5-2 win over Strasbourg. Edinson Cavani bagged a double, while Neymar and Julian Draxler also got on the score sheet, three days after Le Parisiens’ defeat in Madrid.
Elsewhere, Monaco registered a comfortable 4-0 win over Dijon to stay above Marseille, who ended Bordeaux’s decent run of form courtesy of a lone goal from Florian Thauvin .
Diafra Sakho scored twice for Rennes, but it was only good enough for a draw at Caen, Emiliano Sala’s penalty helped save Nantes a point at Nice, St. Etienne moved up to 11th following their narrow victory away to Angers, while Troyes left it late in their relegation six-pointer against Metz, Adama Niane’s 88th minute goal sees them out of the drop zone and puts Metz in further peril.
Lille 2-2 Lyon
PSG 5-2 Strasbourg
Caen 2-2 Rennes
Troyes 1-0 Metz
Marseille 1-0 Bordeaux
Nice 1-1 Nantes
Monaco 4-0 Dijon
Angers 0-1 St. Etienne
Amiens 0-0 Toulouse
Montpellier 1-1 Guingamp