Montpellier-OL: Lyon lack spark in first loss of season
. AS IT HAPPENED.
16’. A quality save from Lopes keeps Delort off the scoresheet.
20’. Memphis can't make good contact on Traoré's precise cross to the far post.
36’. Andersen whistled for a penalty, but Delort's shot from the spot hits the woodwork.
41’. Dembélé has space outside the box and curls one over the crossbar.
42’. Souquet opens the score with a half-volley screamer. 1-0.
52'. Koné sees a straight red card after a dust-up with Delort.
61'. Denayer's header hits the side netting.
69'. Mendes forces the diving save from Rulli with a dangerous shot from distance.
. THE MATCH .
OL got a reality check Tuesday night at the Stade de la Mosson, where Montpellier earned a 1-0 decision to hand Les Gones their first loss of the season. After offensive displays against Monaco (3-0) and Angers (6-0), Sylvinho's men lacked real bite in attack against a solid MHSC side that played its game to perfection: disciplined in the back and aggressive up front.
That said, it took a wonder goal from Souquet for the hosts to break the deadlock after Delort wasted a penalty kick by sending his shot off the post. Lyon came out with guns blazing in the second, only to go down to 10 men in the 52nd minute when Koné was shown a straight red. Even with the numerical disadvantage, Sylvinho made three offensive changes in search of an equalizer that almost came in the form of a Denayer header that hit the side netting.
A first disappointment in 2019/20 for OL, who'll have four days to recover before hosting Bordeaux Saturday evening at Groupama Stadium.
. BOX SCORE .
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier.
L1 (Match Day 3) : Montpellier HSC - OL 1-0 (1-0).
Referee : Mikael Lesage.
Goal: Souquet (42') for Montpellier.
Bookings: Andersen (37'), Tousart (49'), Mendes (56'), Tete (82') for OL. Mendes (54'), Souquet (90') for Montpellier.
Red card: Koné (52') for OL.Montpellier: Rulli - Souquet, Mendes, Hilton (cap.), Cozza, Oyongo (Ristic, 90+1') - Le Tallec, Mollet (Dolly, 74'), Ferri - Laborde, Delort . Coach: Michel Der Zakarian.
OL: Lopes - Dubois, Andersen, Denayer (cap.), Koné - Mendes (Terrier, 83'), Tousart (Tete, 65'), Aouar - Traoré (Cornet, 68'), Dembélé, Memphis. Coach: Sylvinho.