A Memphis Depay penalty helped Lyon come from behind to salvage a draw against Zenit St Petersburg.
French side Lyon will be disappointed that they dropped two points at home to St Petersburg in their opening game of the 2019/20 Champions League.
It was a game full of opportunities, but lacking quality where it mattered. Lyon registered 20 shots and racked up ten corners.
While they combined all that with 60% possession they had little to show for it.
In the 41st minute though, Zenit forward Sardar Azmoun broke the deadlock.
He was through on goal with a pass from Artem Dzyuba. As he neared the middle of the 18-yard box, he took a right-footed shot that nestled into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.
Zenit took there lead in at the half time break. 0-1 Zenit St Petersburg.
While Lyon struggled generally in the game, it was only six minutes into the second half, that they equalised.
Magomed Ozdoev was the culprit as he brought down Memphis depay in the box.
The Dutchman stepped up to convert the shot from the 12-yard spot. Burying the ball in the bottom left-hand corner well out of the keepers reach.
Depay’s goal made 1-1.
Lyon went close to taking the lead less than ten minutes later. Lucas Tousart cut back inside and found Jeff Reine-Adelaide. But Reine-Adelaide shot went just wide of the upright.
The home side continued to push for a winner in the closing stages of the game. But the quality and clinical finishing needed was lacking.
The final score was 1-1.
Zenit will be the happier of the two sides. To have gone on the road and got a point will be a job well done.
But Lyon will be bitterly disappointed in themselves.
Sylvinho’s Lyon side will need to do better especially at home. Depay, Dembele, and Traore will have to start finding the back of the net if Lyon is to make it out of Group G.
RB Leipzig and Benfica who top and second from top respectively in their domestic leagues still await them.
— FC Zenit in English🌊 (@fczenit_en) September 17, 2019