After Reims - OL (1-1) : A story of penalties
A CONTENTIOUS PENALTY FOR REIMS
Less than five minutes before the break, Reims' striker Mathieu Cafaro ran with the ball and was picked up the Lyon defense. Kenny Tete tries to get back into position and throws himself into an ill-judged tackle. Franck Schneider, the referee of the game, pointed to the penalty spot without hesitation. The foul was clear, but it would seem that the action happened just outside the penalty area and therefore, ought to be is a free kick and not a penalty. Of course VAR is used but confirms the official's decision. Mathieu Cafaro would then take and convert the penalty, leveling the score.
A PENALTY FOR 6 PLACES FOR OL
At the moment when Moussa Dembélé set out take his own penalty OL were only 12th in the championship on 26 points. If OL had won last night, Rudi Garcia's players could go up to 6th place, just behind FC Nantes but ahead of Monaco and Reims. It was thus a cruel scenario for Lyon who weren't far off having had a successful trip to the Auguste Delaune. 9 teams now stand within 3 points of each other, from 5th to 13th position. The second part of the season promises to be as hotly contested as it is exciting.