OL-AS Monaco: Lyon avoid humiliation, but lose fourth place (1-2)
. HIGHLIGHTS .
13’. Lopes saves a shot from Mbappé.
30’. Memphis has a chance from near the penalty spot.
36’. Falcao scores from a corner diverted by Glick. 0-1.
43’. Silva finds the crossbar after a lightning counter. 0-2.
44’. Mbappé scores from another counter.
52’. Toutsart heads in a corner. 1-2.
60’. Lopes holds Lemar’s free kick.
83’. Lopes saves. 84’. Tousart’s header grazes the post.
After the disaster against Lorient, then the last two outings being emotional tribulations, the Lyon players and the Parc OL were happy to see each other again. What’s more, this fixture against Monaco had a whiff of Europe about it, not to mention a good memory of the same fixture from last season. But the start of the match struggled to live up to expectations: OL fielded a team that was reshuffled after their continental feat in Istanbul and there were also several absences. It took half an hour to see Lyon’s first chance, but Memphis deliberated in what was just about a perfect position. A slightly more forceful Monaco and Falcao took advantage of their opponent's weak spot: the dead ball situation, to open the scoring. ASM’s offensive machine was on the move and played lightning counter attacks… Lopes’ crossbar repulsed Silva’s curled effort, before Mbappé outdid everyone to double the lead.
OL looked a much more threatening side after the break, like when Tousart headed Memphis’s corner into the net. The match then got a bit sloppy, but the metronome regained control… In the final minutes, Tousart came within a whisker of giving his team the equaliser and a precious point that would’ve helped them keep fourth place, a foothold Lyon lost with this narrow defeat. Bordeaux, winners this weekend, are now in that spot by a point. OL has a match in hand after the meeting with Bastia was called off.
. TURNING POINT .
Tousart goes centimentres from pulling one back
In a match of few chances, it was Lucas Tousart who carved out the best opportunities. After having reduced the deficit with an unstoppable header, the Lyon midfielder came very close to drawing the teams level and earning his team a precious point. But five minutes from the end, he saw his header skim past the base of the post by a few centimetres.
. THE STAT .
. TEAM SHEET .At the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines.
L1 (Wk34) : OL-AS Monaco 1-2 (0-2)
Referee: Benoît Bastien. Attendance: 44411.
Goals: Falcao (36’), Mbappé (44’) for ASM. Tousart (52’) for OL.
Yellow cards: Ferri (22’), Rafael (67’) for OL. Lemar (65’) for ASM.
OL: Lopes – Rafael, Nkoulou, Diakhaby, Rybus – Tousart, Darder (Aouar, 78’), Ferri (cap.) (Gonalons, 78’) – Cornet, Memphis, Mateta (Valbuena, 72’). Coach: Bruno Genesio.
ASM: Subasic – Dirar, Glik, Jemerson, Raggi – Fabinho, Bakayoko, Silva, Lemar – Mbappé (Germain, 80’), Falcao (Moutinho, 86’). Coach: Leonardo Jardim.