Lyon miss out on top spot after Amiens draw

16 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Lyon missed the chance to take top spot in the early Ligue 1 table on Friday, slipping to a 2-2 draw at Amiens despite Moussa Dembele’s double as Mathieu Bodmer grabbed a late equaliser for the hosts, reports AFP.

Sylvinho’s side have now managed just two points in their last three games and remain a point behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain before the reigning champions’ match against Strasbourg on Saturday.

Lyon, who were considered PSG’s likeliest challengers for the title at the start of the season, host Thomas Tuchel’s men next weekend.

They fell behind in only the seventh minute on Friday, as veteran former Lyon defender Christophe Jallet’s left-wing free-kick found its way into the far corner of the net to put Amiens ahead.

But Dembele continued his excellent start to the season by volleying in an equaliser only two minutes later.

The 23-year-old former Celtic striker then produced an acrobatic effort to divert home Bertrand Traore’s cross in the 34th minute and make it five goals in as many league matches this term.

Martin Terrier was denied a third Lyon goal early in the second period by a fine save from Regis Gurtner, and Lyon were made to pay as Amiens struck in injury time.

Substitute Bodmer, 36, diverted the ball into the bottom corner to snatch the home side a point.