Overshadowed by the crashing out of the two Mancunian clubs, French side Olympic Lyon completed one of the unlikeliest comebacks in Champions League History on Wednesday. And it probably wasn’t even fixed. Probably.
Going into the last Champions League matchday, Lyon were 3 points behind Ajax Amsterdam and were seven goals inferior in terms of goal difference. To have any chance of progressing, Lyon would need already-qualified Real Madrid to beat Ajax, and had to hope they could engineer a huge goal difference swing.
So obviously, they went and conceded a first-half goal to group whipping boys Dinamo Zagreb. At this point, a comeback seemed impossible.
And then they came back.
Lyon equalized just before half-time, then came out in the second half and got all up in Zagreb’s grill, slamming home six more goals in thirty minutes. Combined with Real Madrid’s 3-0 dispatching of Ajax, which saw two perfectly legitimate Ajax goals called back for offside, Lyon were through on goal difference. Seriously.
Given the atrocious officiating in the Ajax game, and the rapidity and number of Lyon’s goals, conspiracy theories about match fixing immediately surfaced. We’ll let our friends over at Surreal Football handle this one.
Video via 101GreatGoals