Dembele on target as Lyon beat Celtic

Last Updated: 18/07/20 11:14pm

Moussa Dembele (C) celebrates after scoring against his former club Celtic
Moussa Dembele (C) celebrates after scoring against his former club Celtic

Moussa Dembele was on target against former club Celtic as Neil Lennon’s men went down to a 2-1 pre-season defeat by Lyon.

Lennon made 10 changes to the team that started in the midweek draw with Nice and his inexperienced side fell behind in the fourth minute when Dembele headed home.

Memphis Depay doubled the hosts’ lead before the break but Celtic improved after Lennon made 10 substitutions around the hour mark and Mohamed Elyounoussi pulled a goal back.

How Lyon edged out Celtic

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar (R) battles for the ball with Jeremie Frimpong
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar (R) battles for the ball with Jeremie Frimpong

Rangers had already won the Veolia Trophy before hosts Lyon and Celtic lined up at the Groupama Stadium but Lennon was more focused on getting his squad players fit.

The Hoops boss started with teenagers Karamoko Dembele and Scott Robertson plus 20-year-old Ewan Henderson in midfield with goalkeeper Scott Bain the only player to keep his starting place.

Marcelo (L) vies with Celtic forward Patryk Klimala
Marcelo (L) vies with Celtic forward Patryk Klimala

Former Celtic striker Dembele was left unmarked to head home early on but the visitors came close to an equaliser when Olivier Ntcham’s free-kick deflected off the post.

Celtic had a penalty award reversed by VAR when it was ruled that Patryk Klimala had been fouled inches outside the box and former Manchester United forward Depay netted just before the interval with a clever flick after Boli Bolingoli had been caught out by a cross-field ball.

Memphis Depay (R) was also on the score sheet against Celtic
Memphis Depay (R) was also on the score sheet against Celtic

Depay hit the bar after the break with Bain possibly getting a touch to the close-range strike and Celtic upped the tempo after Lennon changed his entire outfield line-up.

Elyounoussi had a decent effort saved before the winger netted an impressive solo goal in the closing stages.

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Source : Sky Sports