Depay makes Leipzig pay as Lyon find form

LEIPZIG, Germany (AFP) – Lyon ended their poor recent run on Wednesday as Memphis Depay scored in a 2-0 Champions League win at RB Leipzig that condemned the Germans to a second home defeat in four days.

Goals by ex-Manchester United forward Depay and Martin Terrier sealed a deserved victory for the French side which put them level on four points with Group G leaders Zenit Saint Petersburg and a point clear of third-placed Leipzig.

“We deserved it. We’ve had a difficult time and we’re not through that yet but we’re doing everything to turn things around,” Lyon captain Leo Dubois told RMC Sport.

Lyon arrived in Germany on a seven-match winless streak which had seen them plummet to 11th in the Ligue 1 table, while Leipzig were leading the Bundesliga as recently as Saturday before falling to a 3-1 defeat at home by Schalke.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann had insisted the Schalke defeat was just a blip, but Lyon again exposed Leipzig’s lack of composure at the back on a sobering night for the hosts.

Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay runs with the ball. PHOTO: AFP

“In my eyes, that was an undeserved defeat,” said Nagelsmann.

“We actually played well, but we made two mistakes.

“For the first, we ran into each other. For the second, we are not awake enough. Lyon had hardlyany chances.”

The visitors were virtually handed an early lead after a horrible mistake from the home defence.

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar nicked the ball from Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, beat defender Dayot Upamecano and sprinted into the area.

He generously let the ball roll for winger Depay to fire home and silence the home crowd.

The Dutchman had the ball in the net again after he got in behind the Leipzig defence just before half-time, but was ruled offside.

Leipzig striker Timo Werner squandered two great chances and forward Yussuf Poulsen had an effort cleared off the line as Lyon stayed in front at the break.