Former young Newcastle star helps end PSG 11 months unbeaten on his debut
It was some debut for former young Newcastle star Olivier Kemen as he played his first senior football for Lyon since his summer move from Tyneside.
Sunday night saw PSG visit Lyon with a 36 match unbeaten record in Liigue 1 to protect.
However, the hosts took a two goal first half lead before conceding on 51 minutes to set up a nervous second half.
Olivier Kemen’s big moment came with 15 minutes left as he replaced Rafael and helped Lyon to see out the 2-1 win, PSG’s first league defeat in 11 months.
A great occasion for the Captain of the France Under 19 team, one of the few French Newcastle players with the potential to make United fans maybe think it was a mistake to let him go before he was given a chance.
PSG’s dominance is at ridiculous levels this season though and despite the defeat, they are still 23 points clear at the top with only 30 points left to play for.
Having a great game in the centre of defence was Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, up against Ibrahimovic and co.
After an uncertain start back in France, the former Newcastle defender is back to his best form and last night’s win has sent Lyon into third and a Champions League position.
This weekend saw Newcastle once again linked with a summer move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, plus a new name added to the list, Samuel Umtiti. The 22 year old central defender, who can also play left-back, is Yanga-Mbiwa’s usual partner but was suspended last night.
If Newcastle survive this season and look to go back for Lacazette and/or any of his team-mates, much is likely to rest on whether Lyon can stay in that Champions League spot, as only with CL cash and the offer of CL football, would they be able to have a chance of hanging onto their best players in the summer.
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