Lyon star Jason Denayer entered the record books on Friday by completing the most passes in a single game in all of Europe’s top-five leagues.
Denayer has been at Lyon for the past year upon completing a €6.50m transfer from Manchester City. Simply put, he couldn’t break into the club’s star-studded squad and ended up going on loan to the likes of Sunderland, Celtic and Galatasaray.
Few would ever have dreamed the Belgium international would make the headlines in France. However, that’s exactly what Denayer did on Friday night as Lyon thrashed Angers 6-0 at the Groupama Stadium.
The 24-year-old, who plays a centre-back, threw shade to likes of City stars Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva by completing all of his 114 attempted passes.
Opta even revealed afterwards that no player has ever made so many passes in all of Europe’s top-five leagues. More impressively, is the fact Denayer didn’t give the ball away even once during the match.
The Lyon captain’s flawless display went a long way to helping the club secure a convincing win.
114 – Jason Denayer has succeed each of his 114 passes against Angers. This is the first time a player has made so many passes in the same game in the top 5 European leagues without missing one since Opta analyzed all these competitions (2006/07). Insurance. #OLSCO pic.twitter.com/NvdrE9rTfI
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 16, 2019
Moussa Dembele, who is allegedly on Manchester United’s radar, continued his stunning start to the season by bagging a brace. The French striker, who also scored in Lyon’s opening day 3-0 victory over AS Monaco, has taken his tally up to three goals in two games.
Former Red Devils man Memphis Depay also got in on the act with a brace of his own. Although Houssem Aouar, who recorded two assists, scored a stunning opener for Sylvinho’s side in a man of the match performance.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the 21-year-old and it’s hard to argue with that following his long-range strike on Friday.
Lyon will now hope Denayer and co continue their strong form for Tuesday’s visit to Montpellier in Ligue 1.