Saturday July 20 2019
Genoa beat Lyon in thriller

Genoa completed an extraordinary comeback from 3-1 down to beat Olympique Lyonnais 4-3 in a pre-season friendly with Christian Kouame’s acrobatic volley.

The Grifone are aiming high in their pre-season friendlies by facing a Lyon side that finished third in Ligue 1 last term.

Tiago Mendes put the French outfit in front after just 11 minutes by pouncing on Cristian Romero’s misplaced pass and beating Jandrei despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it.

Kouame was brought down for a penalty, converted by Domenico Criscito, and Genoa almost turned it around with a tough save on Andrea Pinamonti.

Lyon started to take control after the break and surged 3-1 up through Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s header on a corner and a curler from Boubacar Fofana.

However, the Grifone mounted a surprising comeback with Paolo Ghiglione cutting in from the right flank to blast in with his left after a cheeky dummy.

Yanga-Mbiwa’s goal-line clearance denied Antonio Sanabria a tap-in, but Oscar Hiljemark’s spectacular volley completed the fightback for 3-3.

It still wasn’t over, as Kouame ran on to a forward move from substitute Andras Schafer to beat Ciprian Tatarusanu and scored with a sensational scissor-kick volley to give Genoa the 4-3 victory.

Lyon 3-4 Genoa

Tiago Mendes 11 (L), Criscito pen 16 (G), Yanga-Mbiwa 51 (L), Fofana 61 (L), Ghiglione 66 (G), Hiljemark 71 (G), Kouame 88 (G)

Lyon: Lopes (Tatarusanu 46); Tete (Augarreau 46), Yanga-Mbiwa (Louiserre 80), Rafael, Denayer (Dubois 55); Tiago Mendes (Drame 60), Jean Lucas (Fofana 60), Cheikh (Depay 46); Kitala, Gouiri (Traore 46), Terrier

Genoa: Jandrei (Marchetti 46); Criscito, Biraschi (Jaroszynski 60), Zukanovic (El Yamiq 46), Romero (Barreca 46); Romulo (Jagiello 43) (Schafer 86), Radovanovic (Rizzo 60), Lerager (Hiljemark 46); Pandev (Ghiglione 46); Kouame, Pinamonti (Sanabria 46)

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