Unable to beat RC Lens (1-1) this Saturday, OL lost two more points in the title race. Not far from losing to Bollaert, the Gones are no longer on the podium.
Two points in the last three days of Ligue 1. It is not by staying at this pace that OL will continue to be a player in the title race. Unable to beat RC Lens (1-1) this Saturday, the Gones are now in fourth place in the standings, overtaken by a Monaco team in full swing who has just slammed eight goals in two games without conceding a single one. . Les Gones are also five lengths from the new Lille leader, PSG striker (1-0) in the afternoon.
Clauss still decisive
The hashtag #ClaussEnEDF has not finished flooding Twitter. Revelation of the Ligue 1 season, after an atypical course to say the least which saw him pass by the CFA 2 and the German D6, Jonathan Clauss again delighted the Lensois supporters, convinced that he would deserve to be called in the Blues. It was he who opened the scoring for the Sang et Or. Nicely found by Gaël Kakuta, the Alsatian came to slip the ball between the legs of Anthony Lopes after the hour of play (65th). His third goal of the season.
And a blow for the Gones, who had gradually raised their level of play after an overall balanced first period. Jean-Louis Leca was notably decisive in front of Tino Kadewere (63rd) and on an attempt by Memphis Depay (64th).
A goal denied by the VAR
Anthony Lopes, he was looking for the ball at the back of his net for the first time in the first period, powerless on a missile from Cheick Doucouré (34th). But the Portuguese goalkeeper, at the start of the action with a pass intercepted by Kakuta, was saved by the VAR. The ball having been touched with the arm by Florian Sotoca, the referee logically canceled the goal.
Not to discourage the locals, who could have benefited from a penalty early in the match on contact in the Lyon area between Seko Fofana and Lucas Paqueta (26th). Not far from precipitating the fall of his team on this action, the Brazilian caught up at the end of the match.
Paqueta saves a point
On a blocked shot, he saw the ball return to his feet and did not ask himself a question: his unbalanced shot surprised Leca (81st). In numerical superiority after the exclusion of Islam Slimani, for a dangerous tackle on Doucouré (90th), the Lensois did not have the physical resources to seek victory. They will however be satisfied with this point which allows them to get even closer to Europe. Firmly installed in fifth place, they are provisionally four lengths ahead of OM, which will host Dijon on Sunday (9 p.m.).
Dubois left with an injury
Visibly affected in the adductors, Léo Dubois could not go to the end of the meeting. The French international was forced to give up his place in the 59th minute of play. Rudi Garcia replaced him with Mattia De Sciglio.