The three French clubs involved in the Europa League experienced varying fortunes this Thursday, October 21: OL overthrew Sparta Prague, Monaco tore off on PSV Eindhoven and Marseille conceded another draw.
Group E: Marseille does not take off
Olympique de Marseille won the draw (0-0) at Lazio Rome on Matchday 3 of the Europa League on Thursday, and still cannot win in Europe this season.
The Olympians, despite a typical team and a controlled first period, were unable to transform their opportunities by Milik (20th, 30th) and Ünder (40th).
They especially had to rely on a great Pau Lopez in the goals. Loaned by the rival club AS Roma, the Spaniard remembered the good memories of the local tifosis by interposing several times (33rd, 34th, 67th), until face to face won Pedro in front in end of the match (87th).
Saved by the crossbar, hit by Immobile (69th), the Olympians have a third consecutive draw in the competition, three days before the reception of PSG in Ligue 1. They remain third in Group E, one length behind their opponent evening.
Group A: Lyon is stunning
Already winner of Glasgow Rangers (2-0) and Bröndby (3-0), Lyon signed a third success in a row in C3 by winning on the ground of Sparta Prague, 4-3.
A success far from being achieved at the start. Led 2-0 after only 19 minutes and a double from Haraslin (4th, 19th), the Lyonnais had to draw on their reserves.
Returned to 2-1 thanks to Toko Ekambi before half-time (42nd), the Gones changed everything thanks in particular to Paqueta, entered at the break: first from an inspiration for Shaquiri until Aouar (53rd ), then at the conclusion of a cross from Toko Ekambi (68th).
The expulsion of Malo Gusto for a second warning (74th) did not change the Lyon reaction. On the contrary, since Toko Ekambi added a new but (88th) to the crazy evening of OL despite a final Czech fight (90th + 6).
Group B: Monaco rewarded for its efforts
Arrested this weekend in Lyon (2-0) in the league, Monaco resumed its forward march, Thursday in Eindhoven, thanks to a 2-1 victory against PSV torn off at the end of the match.
Diop took over in the 89th minute a cross from Caio Henrique to put the Monegasques back in the lead.
From the 19th minute, the Dutchman Boadu – ex-player of Alkmaar – had remembered the memory of his compatriots by taking (already) an offering from Caio Henrique.
But Gakpo had equalized on the hour mark (59th), taking advantage of an uncertain control of his partner Vinicius. Until Diop calmed the Philips Stadion.
With two victories and a draw, AS Monaco is the only leader of group B.