Dembele and Toko Ekambi help Lyon overtake Wahi’s Montpellier

In Saturday’s Ligue 1 match, Olympique Lyon defeated Montpellier 5-2, including goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Moussa Dembele.

La Paillade headed to the Groupama Stadium looking for redemption after failing to win any of their previous four league matches. However, they were struck for five goals in the seven-goal thriller.

Still reeling after their 2-1 loss to Brest, the Kids got off to a good start, taking the lead in the 26th minute thanks to Dembele’s score. The 25-year-old pounced on a rebound and drilled an unstoppable shot past Jonas Omlin.

That setback served as a wake-up call for the visitors, who came dangerously close to restoring parity a few minutes later but were punished in front of goal.

Thiago Mendes’ exquisite free-kick with three minutes remaining in the half increased the home team’s lead.

Sepe Wahi halved the deficit for Olivier Dall’Oglio’s team in the first half after being set up by Teji Savanier.

Before referee Francois Letexier signaled the end of the first half, Montpellier leveled the score thanks to Savanier’s penalty after Jerome Boateng’s handball.

After benefitting from Mendes’ assist, Houssem Aouar helped the Kids reclaim the lead three minutes after the hour mark.

Toko Ekambi made it four goals five minutes later to make up for his early miss when his effort rattled the crossbar. This season, the former Villarreal man has scored 11 goals in the French top division.

The Cameroonian turned provider for Aouar, giving Peter Bosz’s team a resounding league victory.

Toko Ekambi, in addition to Dembele, was on the field from start to finish. Tino Kadewere (Zimbabwe), Habib Keita (Mali), and Sinaly Diomande (Cotte d’Ivoire), on the other hand, were not dressed for action.

Congolese attacker Beni Makouana was missing from Montpellier, while Cameroonian defender Ambroise Oyongo, who had been given a starting spot, was replaced by Maxime Esteve with 15 minutes remaining.

Lyon, who visit Olympique Marseille on May 1, has moved to ninth on the log with 52 points from 34 games, while Montpellier has slumped to 11th with 42 points.

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