On behalf of this second day of the group stage of the Europa League, Olympique Lyonnais hosted Bröndby at Groupama Stadium. The men of Peter Bosz who remained on a convincing success in Glasgow (2-0) during the first day, followed in front of their audience. For this European confrontation, Bosz lined up a 4-2-3-1 with the only Toko Ekambi in attack. Niels Frederiksen had a 3-4-3 with the trio Greve, Pavlovic, Hedlund at the forefront. From the first moments of the meeting, OL confiscated the leather from their opponents. Shaqiri lit the first fuse but his wound shot went right next to it (9th). An opportunity that awakened the Danish formation and Bruus saw the frame slip away on his shot (11th). Paradoxically, Bröndby got the best opportunities early in the match and Pavlovic threw in the back of the Lyon defense could not settle the sights (16th). We had to wait for the 21st to see the first big Lyon opportunity of the meeting. Aouar combined with Paqueta and found himself alone against Hermansen who pushed back the leather for a corner.
Six minutes later, OL narrowly missed the opening goal by Paqueta, whose beautiful shot hit the post (27 ‘). Back from the locker room, Peter Bosz’s men increased the pressure on Danish goals. In all the good offensive shots of his team, Paqueta unleashed a vicious strike that went right next to it (52nd). A few minutes later, Olympique Lyonnais was scared. Shaqiri lacked concentration and despite himself served Pavlovic who did not fit (60th). Four minutes later, the Rhone formation finally settled the situation. Following a cross, Paqueta gave a head for Toko Ekambi who pushed the leather to the back of the net (1-0, 64 ‘). The opportunistic Cameroonian striker offered himself a brace seven minutes later and took advantage of a shot from Cherki sent back by Hermansen to make the break (2-0, 71st). At the end of the match, Aouar at the reception of a center from Toko Ekambi completed the success of his family (3-0, 86th). With this second victory in two games, OL continued their good journey in Group A.
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AS Monaco hold up against Real Sociedad
For its part, AS Monaco victorious in the pain of Sturm Graz (1-0) for its entry into the competition, made a perilous trip to San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad. For this beautiful poster, Niko Kovac opted for a 3-4-3 with the trio Jean Lucas, Boadu, Diop in front. Imanol Alguacil relied on a 4-4-2 with the duo Portu, Oyarzabal in attack. The start of the match turned out to be rather pleasant, but both teams had difficulty approaching opposing goals. Although shifted by Oyarzabal, Januzaj released a nice shot which succeeded above (11th). On his first opportunity, ASM opened the scoring. On a corner hit by Diop, Disasi rises higher than everyone else and deceived Remiro (0-1, 16th). Niko Kovac’s men proceeded on the counter-attack and Diop tried his luck from afar but did not worry Remiro (28th). Vexed by the turn of events, Real set off to attack Asemist goals. Following a lost ball, Portu served Oyarzabal in the area which did not fit (29th).
The Monegasque plan was working well, and Jean Lucas was well served by Fofana in the area seen his shot repelled by Remiro (34th). When they returned from the locker room, Real Sociedad pushed their opponents to their limits and Portu with an acrobatic gesture forced Nübel to deviate for a corner (53 ‘). On the corner that followed, Merino with a header offered the equalizer to his team (1-1, 53 ‘). Suffering, AS Monaco suffered and Portu stumbled on Nübel (64th). The ASM bent but did not break. At the end of the match, Kovac’s men failed to achieve the perfect heist. Volland distilled a good cross for Diatta who did not fit his head (83rd). The end of the match became electric and Januzaj, well served by Munoz, saw his head go over (89th). With this draw, AS Monaco remained undefeated in group B. In the other matches of the evening, PSV Eindhoven had fun against Sturm Graz (4-1), Olympiakos crushed Fenerbahçe (3-0) , Leicester was surprised by Legia Warsaw (1-0), just like Napoli who fell at home against Spartak Moscow (1-3).
The results of the evening
Olympique Lyonnais 3-0 Bröndby: Toko Ekambi (64th, 71st), Aouar (86th) for OL
Sparta Prague 1-0 Glasgow Rangers: Hancko (29th) for Sparta
Real Sociedad 1-1 AS Monaco: Merino (53rd) for Real Sociedad; Disasi (16th) for Monaco
Sturm Graz 1-4 PSV Eindhoven : Stankovic (55th) for Sturm Graz; Sangaré (32nd), Zahavi (51st), Max (74th), Vertessen (78th) for PSV
Naples 1-3 Spartak Moscow : Elmas (1st) for Naples; Promes (55th, 90th), Ignatov (81st) for Spartak
Legia Warsaw 1-0 Leicester: Emreli (31st) for Legia
Fenerbahce 0-3 Olympiacos : Soares (6th), Masouras (63rd, 68th) for Olympiakos
Royal Antwerp 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt : Paciencia (90 + 1) for Frankfurt