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2017/18 French Ligue 1, Regular Season
  • Nabil Fekir (6')
  • Mariano (51')

Mandanda howler helps Lyon end Marseille's unbeaten run

Lyon struck in each half through Nabil Fekir and Mariano to register a 2-0 Ligue 1 victory over Marseille that leaves them trailing second place Monaco on goal difference.
The visitors' unbeaten 12-match run came to an end in the city where they have not won for a decade and they will rue the missed chances and fine saves made by Anthony Lopes in the first half that meant they entered the interval a goal behind.
Lyon dominated the second half, however, and would have romped out of sight but for some wasteful finishing.
Steve Mandanda's calamitous attempt at saving Fekir's long-range free-kick in the sixth minute will surely haunt the French keeper.
The ball was struck from fully 30 metres out and Mandanda had a clear line of sight only to allow the ball to bounce in front of him and then deflect into the bottom left corner.
Realising the extent of the howler, the keeper despairingly collapsed to the floor with his hands behind his head and, having risen to his feet, he tugged at his shirt in anger.
Despite conceding the early lead, Marseille created the better chances of the first half, with Lopes brilliantly denying Adil Rami and an unmarked Jorge Rolando failing to finish a glorious opportunity.
Lopes then kept Lucas Ocampos out from close range as the visitors continued to pile on the pressure.
Yet it was Lyon who struck again and, although Mandanda was able to gain at least partial redemption by keeping Mariano's first shot out, he was exposed for the follow-up that saw the Dominic Republic marksman notch his 13th league goal of the season.
Mouctar Diakhaby should have made it 3-0 but somehow shot wide with the goal at his mercy and, for all Lyon's second-half superiority, Lopes was the busier keeper late on.

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