Genesio rues Lyon’s first-half performance

SINSHEIM, GERMANY - OCTOBER 23: Bruno Genesio, Manager of Olympique Lyonnais looks on prior to the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Olympique Lyonnais at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on October 23, 2018 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio felt that his side’s disappointing first-half display cost them a chance of possibly beating Montpellier away on Saturday

Les Gones only really came to life after the break with Nabil Fekir putting them in the lead with a 67th-minute goal as they looked to end 2018 with a five-point advantage over Montpellier.

But the hosts, who had a goal ruled out by VAR, soon equalised through a great effort from Rubén Aguilar to settle the score at 1-1.

The point left Lyon in third in Ligue 1 and two points above Montpellier in the final Champions League spot having played one more game.

“We played two completely different halves,” Genesio told the club website.

“We were already on vacation during the first half but had the chance to head into the break scoreless.

“We were dominated in the duels, they were more aggressive. We played with more commitment, movement and verticality after the break.

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“We knew how to get back on track and dominate the game. It’s a good performance to draw in Montpellier.

“But we can have regrets because we might’ve been able to get a better result by playing a better first half.

“This is a good point… The record is satisfactory but we could have a few more points. We lost points foolishly in the league. We are in the top three.”

Fekir added: “It’s a logical draw even if we are a little disappointed.

“We came back with better intentions after the break… We could have finished the year better.

“The season is still long. We need to keep the mindset that we had in the second half.”