After the Champions League and the mixed entry of French clubs Lille and PSG, the Europa League and the Europa League Conference have smiled more on French football, Thursday, September 16, for the 1D day of the other two European football competitions. Lyon and Monaco won, Marseille drew a draw in the Europa League, while Rennes conceded a draw at home in the Europa League Conference.
The good shot from Lyon to Glasgow
Olympique Lyonnais confirmed their recovery seen last weekend in the league by going to win 2-0 at Ibrox Park with Glasgow Rangers, – the most formidable opponent in group A -, notified by the former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
After twenty rather muddled minutes, Karl Toko-Ekambi illuminated the evening with a beautiful sequence starting along the left touchline, to transplant in the center and place a wound shot towards the base of the opposing post (23e).
It was not until the start of the second half to see OL give themselves a little more air. After repulsed strikes from Aouar, Paqueta and Islam Slimani, the ball ended up returning after two rebounds on defenders of Rangers (55e).
A flattering score, however, because the premises could have largely recalled the score, or even hang something. Les Gones take advantage of the draw between Brondby and Sparta Prague in the group’s other match to take the lead of their group on their own.
Monaco wins without convincing
Monaco, which remains on four defeats and a draw in six games, resumed, in difficulty, with the victory against the Austrians of Sturm Graz (1-0). From an accounting point of view, the Principality’s team has a good operation and, with three units, is at the top of its group before moving, at the end of September, to Anoeta, to face Real Sociedad who obtained the draw. at PSV Eindhoven (2-2).
In the field, the reality is less reliable. Because Sturm Graz is certainly the weakest team in Group B and, in the perspective of a qualification, victory was an obligation. Or it was very difficult to obtain.
Despite insolent possession of the ball (70%), Nico Kovac’s men were unable to score for a long time. It took many changes from the Croatian coach (entry of Fabregas, Ciao Henrique, Golovine and Ben Yedder) to finally find the fault thanks to a header from Krépin Diatta, after a combination between Ben Yedder and Fabregas in the surface, and a center of Golovin (66e).
Without ever being afraid, Monaco then mastered the end of the meeting, which he won. But it will be necessary to show much more Sunday in the league in Nice in the derby of the Côte d’Azur.
Null frustrating for Marseille
Marseille almost started in its Europa League campaign with a victory on the lawn of Lokomotiv Moscow. OM, serious and well organized, believed to win thanks to a penalty from their Turkish striker, Cengiz Under (59e), who just suffered a foul in the Russian area and perfectly transformed this opportunity to open the scoring.
The Russians, currently third in their league, went on to play for half an hour, 10-11, with Under fouler Nair Tiknizyan sent off for a second yellow card. But they managed to equalize, against the course of the game, one minute from the end of regulation time, on a nice shot from their midfielder Tino Anjorin (89e).
With this score of 1-1, OM therefore left with one point from their trip to Russia before receiving, for the second day, the Turks of Galatasaray, who beat Lazio Rome 1-0.
Rennes resists Tottenham
Rennes got off to a decent start in the other European Cup, the Europa League Conference, by clinching a 2-2 draw against all-favorite Tottenham in the first group match at Roazhon Park. And yet, the start was complicated. Feverish, the Rennais let the English take the game to their account from the first minutes. Challenged by Lucas Moura, launched in depth by Harry Kane, Loïc Badé deceived his goalkeeper Romain Salin by deflecting the center of the former Parisian winger (11e).
Pushed by more than 21,000 supporters and carried by wild midfielders, Rennes gradually let go of the brakes. And quickly, Flavien Tait relied on Guirassy to equalize with a strike from the right after a very nice collective movement (23e).
In the second half, the Bretons even managed to take the advantage. The former Montpellier Gaëtan Laborde, last offensive touch of a summer transfer window of nearly 80 million euros, took advantage of a shot rejected by Spurs goalkeeper Gollini to score his first goal in red and black (71e). But a few minutes later, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg took advantage of a badly deflected center by Tait to allow his team to bring back a point from this first trip (75e).
The Rennais will have as much commitment and if possible a little more to live in defense, Sunday in Marseille, not to be left behind in the league, and will not have the right to make mistakes against their next opponents, Vitesse Arnhem , winner 2-0 of the Slovenes of Mura.