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Match Report: Lyon 3-2 FC Lorient

Tuesday 24th April 2012
Bafetimbi Gomis scored with five minutes remaining as Lyon made a stunning comeback from a two goal deficit to defeat FC Lorient at the Stade de Gerland on Sunday evening.

Kevin Monnet-Paquet and Mathias Autret gave the visitors a shock 2-0 lead before Cris pulled one back before half-time to give Les Gones hope.

Lisandro López then equalised before like so many times this season Gomis scored the winner in the 85th minute, securing all three points to keep their European ambitions alive.

With Lorient starting the game only two points above the relegation places they needed to be positive and they got the best start possible. Jeremie Aliadiere found space beyond the Lyon back line before finding Monnet-Paquet who fired past the hopeless Hugo Lloris.

It got even better for the visitors when Autret doubled their lead. The back line was again the guilty party, allowing the Frenchman to wonder past the centre backs but staying onside before being played through by a regulatory long ball. The midfielder then had no problems easing the ball past the baffled keeper.

Cris then started the comeback with a fine finish. The centre back's volley flew past Fabien Audard which he did well to connect with after the corner was flicked on.

Autret then could have restored the two goal lead on the verge of half time. The ball fell to his feet at the back post from the corner but the 21 year old could only scuff the opportunity wide.

A brilliant individual goal from López then levelled the scores deep into the second half. The Argentine forward surged down the left before cutting inside the right back and firing a precise shot into the far corner.

The pressure then became too much for the visitors who failed to clear a corner with five minutes remaining. The ball found its way to Gomis and unlike Autret he coolly slotted the ball home to save Lyon from humiliation.

Lyon now sit six points behind Lille, who have a significantly better goal difference with only five games remaining. Lorient still holds a two point gap over the relegation places but do drop one place to 14th in Ligue 1.
Glenn Noble

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