Lyon 1-0 Marseille: Houssem Aouar fires home side into French Cup semi-finals… despite Moussa Dembele’s missed penalty!
- Lyon forward Moussa Dembele missed a penalty early in the second-half
- But the home side found the breakthrough via midfielder Houssem Aouar’s strike
- Marseille couldn’t grab a late equaliser and so Lyon advance to the semi-finals
A hero from 12 yards. Then the fall guy within 11 minutes. Life as a goalkeeper can be cruel – just ask Yohann Pele.
Not long after he saved Moussa Dembele’s penalty to keep Marseille on terms in this Coupe de France quarter final against Lyon, the keeper allowed Houssem Aouar’s effort to fly through him and ensure the home side’s passage to the last four.
It was just about merited for Rudi Garcia’s side, for whom this competition represents a last shot at silverware for the season.
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar fires in the winner against Marseille at the Groupama stadium
Earlier in the second-half, forward Moussa Dembele failed to score from the penalty spot
LYON 1-0 MARSEILLE – MATCH FACTS
Lyon: Lopes, Tete, Andersen, Denayer, Cornet, Caqueret, Tousart (Mendes 51), Aouar, Toko Ekambi, Terrier (Traore 77), Dembele (Marcal 85)
Goals: Aouar 81
Manager: Rui Garcia
Marseille: Pele, Sarr, Kamara, Gonzalez, Sakai, Rongier, Strootman (Khaoui 85), Sanson, Lopez (Chabrolle 87), Germain, Payet (Ake 73)
Bookings: Sakai, Sanson, Strootman
Manager: Andre Villas-Boas
For Andre Villas-Boas and Marseille, meanwhile, there rests only feint hopes of catching runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the battle for Ligue 1 glory.
The visitors were the more composed side for much of the game but Lyon improved after the break and could have made it two or three by the final whistle.
But this latest instalment of an old rivalry took a while to catch fire. Indeed it took VAR’s intervention to light the blue touch paper.
With just less than 20 minutes to go, referee Benoit Millot awarded the home side a penalty for handball after consulting his pitchside monitor. It was saved, but Lyon kept pressing and got their reward nine minutes from time.
The flurry of late action came after an awful first half, of few chances and errors galore.
Marseille, seven places and 16 points better off in the Ligue 1 standings, made a number of changes but still looked the more dangerous early on.
Captain Dimitri Payet – booed throughout by the home crowd – saw a speculative long-range effort fly high and wide before Kevin Strootman’s volley was kept out by Anthony Lopes.
Former West Ham player Dimitri Payet was another star on show, captaining Marseille
Their first real opportunity, on 20 mintues, fell to Marseille’s Valentin Rongier after good work by right back Bouna Sarr.
The right back won the ball, drove towards the byline before pulling a ball back into…