Monaco-OL: a capital success for the Lyonnais after a crazy match

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Led to Monaco then reduced to ten, Lyon found the resources to win at the foot of the Rock on Sunday (3-2) and relaunch in the race for the Champions League against a direct opponent who says, for his part, almost farewell to the Ligue 1 title.

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Ousted from the title race after their frustrating defeat against Lille (2-3) last week, OL overthrew AS Monaco (3-2), outnumbered, and after being led, this Sunday at the stadium Louis II. Jean-Michel Aulas’ club, which has made its presence felt throughout this challenging week, hopes more than ever to grab 3rd place on the podium, qualifying for the Champions League. This success allows Olympique Lyonnais to return to only one point behind AS Monaco, three days from the end of the championship.

The suspense is totally revived at this decidedly completely crazy end of the championship, which should offer us a distant duel for the podium between Lyon and Monaco, and a duel for the title a little higher, between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille. Because it is the other information of the evening, Monaco, which hoped for a misstep from Lille and Paris Saint-Germain to take the lead of the championship, is finally won by its two rivals. This is a real setback for ASM, after five consecutive victories in Ligue 1.

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We thought we had seen everything last Sunday, at Groupama Stadium, but what the players in this absolutely exceptional meeting offered is even more encouraging for the future of Ligue 1, on the ground in any case. Nothing foreshadowed such a scenario after a first act dominated by ASM. After a start to the match in favor of OL, Niko Kovac made the necessary adjustments to allow his team to gain control and open the scoring.

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The Croatian coach could still count on his essential tandem with Wissam Ben Yedder (20 goals, 8 assists) on the pass and Kevin Volland (18 goals, 8 assists) at the conclusion (25th), after a subtle three-way game, the German striker succeeding in overwhelming poor Jason Denayer, uncertain before the match, and finally forced to give up his place due to injury after the opener. After conceding several 2-0 situations, OL raised their tone in aggressiveness after offering a timid reaction.

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A general fight to conclude a meeting of crazy intensity

Memphis Depay, not necessarily up to the last posters, then arose, with a personal achievement finally worthy of his rank. The Dutchman slipped between three Monegasque players to unleash a deflected shot by Maripan (57th), scoring his 19th goal in Ligue 1, to bring his team up to par. Lyon thought they had done the hard part, and even took the lead with sharper runs and passes. OL acquired several dangerous situations.

The expulsion of Maxence Caqueret (70th) was a second turning point in this meeting of an intensity often close to aggression. And Toni Kadewere could very well have joined him in the locker room in the wake, after a very ugly sole on the ankle of Caio Henrique. But the VAR decided yellow was more appropriate. Less than five minutes later (77th), the Brazilian Marcelo gave Lyon the advantage, ten against eleven, on a pass from the sparkling Memphis Depay. The hammer blow that we weren’t necessarily expecting.

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Video refereeing was still requested in this meeting. And this time he gave a penalty to Monaco after a dangerous exit from goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, who hit Pellegri’s face with his fist (85th). Wissam Ben Yedder equalized with a fantastic panenka full of composure (86th), his 100th goal in Ligue 1. Volland found Geubbels in the meantime, almost in stride. Out to meet him, Lopes distinguished himself with a decisive double parade. Cherki, who had just entered the game, then finished freezing the Louis II stadium (89th).

This scenario is all the more improbable as OL will have scored two of their three goals after the exclusion of Maxence Caqueret, at a time when the Rhone outrageously dominated … And the meeting ended in a general fight, after 90 minutes of an intensity often close to aggression. Referee Clément Turpin ended up having to send four red cards in this insane epilogue to calm everyone down, to Willem Geubbels and Pietro Pellegri, but also Marcelo and Mattia De Sciglio, leaving fear a slew of suspensions during the next day, yet crucial for the final sprint.

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