A long-time target of Barcelona, the Netherlands star grabbed a goal and an assist as Lyon moved to the summit of Ligue 1, albeit with the caveat that both Lille and Paris Saint-Germain can overtake them on Sunday.
Nevertheless, Rudi Garcia’s men put the pressure on their rivals with a hard-fought win in Brittany.
Here’s how Memphis fared.
📷 Memphis Depay: Match Snapshot
Lyon were under pressure early from Brest but took the lead when Lucas Paqueta pressed home goalkeeper Sebastien Cibois into a dreadful error in possession to open the scoring.
A ⏱️ 23’ Lyon’s high press catches Brest out again, this time 30 yards from their own goal. Memphis seizes the ball and rolls a pass to Aouar, who fires the second goal.
⚽ ⏱️ 44’ Shortly before half-time, Lyon break with pace. Memphis beats the offside traps and Cibois to the ball. The goalkeeper’s lunge pulls down the Netherlands international, who dispatches a fine penalty into the corner as a consequence. It proves the match-winning goal.
〽️ Memphis Depay: Rating Week-on-Week
Memphis as something of a tendency to blow hot or cold and has seen some big positive spikes in his performances followed by quieter games. Three of his last four matches, however, have seen him secure a 7 FC Rating or higher. This continued the trend as he notched a 8.3 FC Rating.
It is his third-highest score of 2021.
🗝️ Key Stats
Memphis match stats
|On Target||3||Rank =#1|
|Touches in the box||10||Rank #1|
|Big chances created||1|
Memphis Depay: What Next?
Lyon play Marseille in Ligue 1 next weekend as they attempt to continue their title challenge. It promises to be a pivotal week as OL will also face Rennes four days later. Come through those two matches unscathed and they will have to be seen a genuine contenders to upset PSG’s dominance.
Memphis, of course, will be vital in both.