OL-Angers: thanks to Depay and Paqueta, the Lyonnais join the top three

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OL won against Angers this Sunday at the end of the 32nd day of Ligue 1 (3-0). After the victories of Lille, Paris and Monaco, the Lyonnais responded perfectly with goals from Memphis Depay and Lucas Paqueta. They can still dream of the title.

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It is not always a gift to be scheduled Sunday at 9 p.m. Especially when his main pursuers did the job over the weekend. OL were able to realize this at the end of the 32nd day of Ligue 1. After the victories of Lille, Paris and Monaco, the Gones received Angers with some pressure at Groupama Stadium. But Rudi Garcia’s players did perfectly well by winning 3-0. In the pouring rain, they stood firm in their soggy garden. Memphis Depay showed the way by opening the scoring in the 21st, after a ball badly returned by the opposing defense. The Dutch striker then offered himself a double on an absolutely sublime lob at the end of the game (82nd).

His 15th and 16th goals of the season. He now has 7 against the SCO, the most successful team in France with Nice. In total, the Dutch striker has 59 goals with Lyon since his arrival in January 2017, making him the club’s third top foreign scorer in L1, tied with Lisandro Lopez. Behind Juninho (75) and Sonny Anderson (71). In the wake of his captain, Lucas Paqueta had doubled the bet by taking back a cross deflected from Karl Toko-Ekambi, very active on the front of the Lyon attack (41st). The semi-finalists of the last Champions League could even have made the score even higher, but Toko Ekambi and Slimani saw their goals logically refused for a hand or an offside.

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A shock against Lille on April 25

Opposite, Angers also could have shaken the nets. But Stéphane Moulin’s men came across an impeccable Anthony Lopes in front of Angelo Fulgini. Mohamed-Ali Cho, the young 17-year-old striker, made a remarkable entrance, bringing his ardor and dynamism. But the first player born in 2004 to play in Ligue 1 showed a little clumsiness in his last gestures. Lois Diony touched the bar in injury time.

Thanks to this precious success (the first since March 3), OL remain 4th in the standings but are just one point behind Monaco, two from PSG and five from Lille. The title is still in the viewfinder. The podium more than ever. This promises a thrilling end to the season at the top of the table. Next Sunday, the Lyonnais will go to Nantes (still at 9 p.m.), before receiving the Losc on April 25 for a shock at the top. Meanwhile, a trip to Monaco in the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France (April 20).

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