Ligue 1

Memphis Depay: Player Rating and Performance v Dijon

In Lyon's first game of the Ligue 1 season, the Dutchman shone as he contributed to all four goals in a 4-1 win

 
10:00am on Saturday 29th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Lyon made an impressive start to the Ligue 1 season on Friday with a convincing 4-1 win versus Dijon, with Memphis Depay scoring a hat-trick.

The home side initially went 1-0 down relatively early on, but bounced back in emphatic fashion with Memphis leading the charge.

What was Memphis' overall display like?

📷 Match Snapshot

Having not featured in the league since last year, Memphis appears keen to make up for lost time, as he looked sharp, driven, and exciting versus Dijon.

⚽ ⏱️ 39' With Dijon 1-0 up, he equalised six minutes before half time with a superbly taken penalty whipped into the bottom corner.

On the stroke of half-time, it would become 2-1 Lyon.

Unfortunately for Memphis, he won't earn a goal or assist for Lyon's second which is a shame as it came via an outrageous piece of skill inside the box. While facing away from goal near the line, he quickly changes direction with a lightning-quick flick behind him, opening up space for the lashed cross into the middle of the box.

It cannoned off the foot of Wesley Lautoa into the roof of the net.

⚽ ⏱️ 46' He did get his name on the scoresheet again just a minute later, though, as he took advantage of some unsure Dijon defending to opportunistically take a bouncing touch over the defender's attempted tackle before firing home on the volley - all in the one movement - from around eight yards. Another marvellous piece of skill.

With a 3-1 lead going into the second half, Lyon dominated the latter period, with Moussa Dembele passing up a few great opportunities to add to the lead.

The home side would eventually claim their fourth, again through Memphis.

⚽ ⏱️ 66' It was another penalty which claimed his hat-trick, and it was a beauty as he blasted a blistering spotkick in off the crossbar.

Lyon 4-1 Dijon: Full Player Ratings and Statistics

Memphis played for 71 minutes in the match and only attempted 22 passes, but 20 of those reached their target, with 16 of them being sent into the final third.

He may have had a huge six shots on goal, and four on target, but it was by no means a selfish outing from the Dutchman, as he also provided 11 crosses into the box which was more than anyone in the game apart from Maxwell Cornet.

〽️ Rating Week-on-Week

✔️ IMPROVEMENT

Memphis achieved a lowly 5.9 FC Rating for his performance in the Champions League semi final against Bayern.

Here, his hat-trick boosted him to a 8.9 FC Rating.

🗝️ Key Stats

Memphis match stats

StatisticValueNotes
FC Rating8.9🏆 FC Man of the Match
Mins Played90
Touches52
Touches In Box8
Shots6
On Target4
Goals3
Final Third Passes16
Crosses11

What Next?

With his contract running down and the transfer window still open, Memphis continues to be linked with a move away from Lyon. But for now, they can enjoy having him put in superb performances like this.

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