x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Goal feast delights everyone except the coaches

Fans and players alike were happy with 5-5 draw in Ligue 1 on Sunday, but the magic of the match was somewhat lost on the two coaches.

Fans and players alike were able to savour Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille's 5-5 draw in Ligue 1 on Sunday, but the magic of the match was somewhat lost on the two coaches. In a frantic finale featuring five goals in the last 13 minutes, second-placed Lyon came from two goals down to lead 5-4, only for a Jeremy Toulalan own goal to hand Marseille a draw in stoppage time.

"This match will stay in memories for years," said the Lyon substitute Michel Bastos, who thought he had netted the winner when he put Lyon 5-4 up after 90 minutes. The score was 3-2 to Marseille until the 81st minute when Lisandro Lopez scored the first of two goals for Lyon. "Ten goals in a single game is something outstanding," added Bastos. "Football is so magical in these circumstances, this should be a reference for French football. Even I, sitting on the bench, took great pleasure in watching it," added the Brazilian Bastos, who came on midway through the second half.

One of Ligue 1's most memorable games of the last decade still left the Lyon coach Claude Puel and his opposite number Didier Deschamps to reflect on what they saw as a missed opportunity. "It was a good advertising spot for football," said Puel. "It's a draw while we almost had three points in the bag. I am a coach, not a fan." Deschamps added: "It was a spectacular game, no one will deny it. I think many fans liked it but as a coach..."

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