Champions League semifinalists Lyon struggle in Nimes stalemate

Lyon’s Memphis Depay (right) takes on Nimes’ Gaetan Paquiez during the game. (AP pic)

PARIS: Lyon’s slow start to the Ligue 1 season continued when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Nimes on Friday.

Memphis Depay, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, and Moussa Dembele were both in the Lyon starting line-up but neither figured strongly in a lacklustre performance.

“It was an awkward game,” said midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

“We missed chances, some easy ones in particular. We need to work more because we can’t lose points like that.”

The home side have not won since the opening round of games and looked a shadow of the side that reached the semifinals of the Champions League and lost to Paris St Germain in the French League Cup final in August.

After four games, Lyon are down in tenth in the table with just one point more than Nimes.

Earlier in the day, Lyon announced the signing of German goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck from Hamburg for €250,000 as deputy to Anthony Lopes.