OL won this Saturday against Monaco (2-0) during the shock of the 10th day of Ligue 1. Long unlucky, Karl Toko-Ekambi scored the first goal of the match on a penalty before seeing Jason Denayer double the bet.
Angers’ defeat at the Parc des Princes against PSG (2-1) may have paved the way for SCO competitors. While waiting for the OM match against Lorient and that of Nice against Troyes, Lyon seized its chance perfectly this Saturday. By importing it against Monaco (2-0) during the shock of this tenth day of Ligue 1, Les Gones moved closer to the championship podium thanks to two goals from Karl Toko-Ekambi and Jason Denayer.
“It’s a fox of surfaces, joked Jason Denayer at the microphone of Canal +. We played a complete game. We controlled in the first period. In the second we gave them space but we knew how to Create chances. The important thing this season is to learn from our mistakes and we do it game after game. When everything goes well we take points and when we follow it up we move up the standings. “
Lyon wasted a long time
Pushed by nearly 50,000 spectators gathered in the stands of the Groupama Stadium, OL quickly dictated the pace of this meeting. With a Rayan Cherki lined up at the forefront of the attack, Peter Bosz hoped to dynamite the Monegasque defense. But during this first act, it was especially Houssem Aouar and Karl Toko-Ekambi who stood out. The Cameroonian striker, first, a two-time stumble on Alexander Nubel.
The German goalkeeper, on loan from Bayern, caught a curled shot from the former Villarreal striker before turning away a pretty header. Like “KTE”, Lyon has long lacked success. Ditto for Houssem Aouar.
Taking advantage of a good pressing from Bruno Guimaraes on Youssouf Fofana, the attacking midfielder found himself in a good position at the entrance to the area. But his shot was missed and deprived the Gones of an all but illogical lead at halftime.
Paqueta came home and Lyon scored
After a rather disappointing first period, the Monegasques should have attacked the second act with more desire. But nothing, Niko Kovac’s team showed almost nothing during this match against Lyon. If the Croatian technician had launched his adventure on the Rock thanks to a good match against OL last season, this Saturday he missed his subject.
Conversely, Peter Bosz was able to make a key change after the hour mark. Left on the bench after his express return from Brazil, Lucas Paqueta transformed the Lyon game after entering the field. Admittedly, the international Auriverde is not involved in the penalty obtained by Léo Dubois and transformed by Karl Toko-Ekambi (1-0, 74th), but he further accelerated the pace on his ball catches.
It was again he who launched Emerson into the Monegasque area in the last moments of the match and thus allowed the Italian side to bring danger with a cross within six meters of Nubel. He also returned from the selection, Jason Denayer perfectly cut the caviar of the Italian to secure the victory in Lyon (2-0, 90th).
“Paqueta is a great player and he makes a difference when he’s on the pitch, Jason Denayer said again. Clubs like OL need players like him.”
Provisionally fifth in Ligue 1 with this great victory against Monaco, OL is relaunching after two consecutive draws in the league. Now tied with Angers and Nice, respectively third and fourth in the standings, Lyon signed a big blow this Saturday. The next two games will say a lot about the feasibility of Lyon’s ambitions: against Nice and Lens.