Monaco-OL: OL believe until the last (2-3)
4'. Lyon come forward on the counter as Memphis crosses towards Léo Dubois, but his volley passes overhead.
11'. Kevin Volland gets on to a long ball, but his shot is overhit.
14'. An effort from 25 meters from Karl Toko Ekambi, but Benjamin Lecomte keeps it out.
25'. Goal by Kevin Volland, who beats Anthony Lopes. 1-0
41'. A bit of collective play by the Monegasques sees a volley from Kevin Volland pass just over the bar.
55'. Tino Kadewere tries a shot on the turn but his effort is off-target.
57'. Memphis Depay goal. The Dutchman turns two players and scores with his left. 1-1
62'. Memphis Depay recovers the ball and shoots, his shot is overhit.
77'. Marcelo puts OL in the lead from a free kick, with the ball coming in from Memphis. 1-2
83'. Ball cleared off the line by Mattia De Sciglio.
86'. Goal by Wissam Ben Yedder from the penalty spot. 2-2
89'. Goal by Rayan Cherki on a cutback from Mattia De Sciglio. 2-3
The opportunity to come back to within a point of the podium weighed heavy on the Lyon players' minds before kick-off in this crucial match in Monaco. After the disappointment of last weekend against Lille, Rudi Garcia's men hoped to redeem themselves in the Principality to keep alive hope for qualification to the Champions League next season. The start of the match showed Les Gones to be up to the challenge. Enterprising from the start, the Lyonnais had the match's first chances. Léo Dubois struck first with a volley after a cross by Memphis, but without hitting the target (4’), and Kevin Volland responded with his own effort (11’). The pressure from Lyon was making it difficult for Monaco to build play from the back, and Karl Toko Ekambi then had the first effort on target in the match, only to see it blocked by Benjamin Lecomte (14’). The Monegasques then became more incisive and looked to punish the visitors. On a long ball, Kevin Volland left Anthony Lopes no chance with a powerful shot (1-0, 25’). The Monegasques even came close to doubling the lead before the break on a bit of team play that ended up with the German striker, whose volley went over the bar (41’).
The second half resumed with the same intentions from the start of the match. Having come on at the break, Tino Kadewere got his first chance with a shot on the turn that was unfortunately off-target. (55’), but it was Memphis Depay who was eventually rewarded for the team's good start to the second half. The Dutchman turned two Monegasque defenders and hit a lovely shot with his left foot to beat Benjamin Lecomte and put OL back on the right track by equalizing (1-1, 57’). Eager to make his mark, he had another chance but missed his effort (62 ’). Reduced to ten men twenty minutes from time after the dismissal of Maxence Caqueret, our Lyonnais did not give up and would even re-take the lead. On a free kick, the ball was delivered to the head of Marcelo who did not hesitate to beat Benjamin Lecomte (1-2, 77'). Then came what was a wild end to the match, with AS Monaco first getting a penalty, which Wissam Ben Yedder converted to equalize (2-2, 86'). One would have thought that this match was going to end on level terms but the Lyonnais did not give up in their mission and believed in themselves. Having only just come on, the young Gone Rayan Cherki allowed OL to come back in front on a cutback from Mattia De Sciglio (2-3, 89'). It was an extraordinary end to the match on the part of Lyon, playing with ten, who brought back all three points from Monaco and kept their hopes of qualification for next season's Champions League alive, drawing to within one point of their evening's opponents. Everything is still possible!
At Stade Louis II, Monaco.
L1 (Round 35) : AS Monaco - OL 2-3 (1-0)
Referee: Clément Turpin. Attendance: Behind closed doors.
Goals: Volland (25'), Ben Yedder (86') for Monaco ; Memphis (57'), Marcelo (77'), Cherki (89') for OL.
Bookings: Fofana (63') for Monaco; Caqueret (30', 70'), Kadewere (72'), Lopes (85') for OL.
Dismissals: Pellegri (90+5'), Geubbels (90+5') pour Monaco ; Caqueret (70'), Mattia De Sciglio (90+5') for OL.
Monaco: Lecomte - Aguilar (Geubbels, 81'), Disasi (Badiashile, 61'), Maripan, Sidibé - Fabregas (Matazo, 61'), Tchouaméni, Fofana (Ballo-Touré, 68'), Henrique (Pellegri, 81') - Volland, Ben Yedder (cap.). Substitutes: Majecki, Florentino, Matsima. Manager: Niko Kovac.
OL : Lopes - Denayer (Diomande, 29'), Marcelo, De Sciglio - Dubois (Kadewere, 46'), Mendes (Bruno G., 88'), Caqueret, Cornet - Toko Ekambi (Cherki, 88'), Paqueta (Aouar, 75'), Memphis (cap.). Substitutes: Pollersbeck, Gusto, Ozkacar, Soumaré. Manager: Rudi Garcia.