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Lyon's remarkable transformation: From relegation fears to European hopes

15. April 2024
Lyon (foto: uradna spletna stran kluba)
Lyon has demonstrated a stark contrast between their early season struggles and impressive resurgence in the latter half, now close to securing a spot in European competitions.

No team in Europe's top leagues has displayed such a dramatic contrast this season as Lyon. In a thrilling match filled with twists, Lyon edged out second-placed Brest 4-3, with the winning goal arriving in the 106th minute, or sixteen minutes into a protracted stoppage time. This delay was due to two red cards near the end of regular time and a VAR review for a penalty. Former Arsenal player Ainsley Maitland-Niles converted from the spot, securing a victory that continued Lyon’s remarkable resurgence—a rarity in football.   

In the first 17 matches of the French league, Lyon gathered just 16 points, hovering over relegation zones. However, in the latter part of the season, they've collected 25 points in just 12 matches, now sitting in seventh place—only two points shy of the sixth place that guarantees European football. Moreover, Lyon has also made it to the French Cup final, where they will face PSG.   

Lyon's current season is also notable for earning 18 points in matches where they were initially trailing.

Standings provided by Sofascore

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