Scorer at the end of the suspense, Tino Kadewere allowed OL to snatch the point of a draw in Reims (1-1), this Friday, at the start of the 29th day of Ligue 1. Weighted down by a tasteless first period, the Gones miss the opportunity to put pressure on Lille and Paris.
OL can thank Tino Kadewere. Entered at the break, the former Le Havre striker allowed his team to snatch a draw on the lawn of the Stade de Reims (1-1), this Friday, at the opening of the 29th day of Ligue 1. The Gones remain however on the third step of the podium. Two units from the Lille leader, who will challenge Monaco on Sunday. And on equal points with PSG, which will host FC Nantes.
In a championship where the title race does not tolerate any misstep this season, the Lyonnais know that they will not be able to reproduce in the future what they showed in the first period to Auguste-Delaune. Apart from a clear shot from Mattia De Sciglio repulsed with both fists by Predrag Rajkovic (15th), the Rémois were not worried. Well organized defensively, effective in pressing and much more enterprising, David Guion’s players deserved to return to the locker room by leading the score. It was on a sublime half-volley from Mathieu Cafaro, quicker to regain the ball than Leo Dubois, that they opened the scoring (33rd).
The fourth goal this season from the former Toulousain, came to sanction Lyonnais unable to combine and obtain interesting situations. It was not until the second half to see them raise their level and put pressure on the goals of a decisive Rajkovic on several occasions. Having become a sure bet in Ligue 1, the Serbian goalkeeper again pulled out all the stops, especially ahead of Lucas Paqueta, whom Memphis Depay had perfectly found (49th). To shake up his team, Rudi Garcia made three changes from the break. Exit De Sciglio, Rayan Cherki and Houssem Aouar. Make way for Maxwel Cornet, Kadewere and Maxence Caqueret.
If the face of OL has changed, Reims also had the opportunity to take a break. But Marshall Munetsi stumbled over Anthony Lopes after a solo number (59th). Referee Jérôme Brisard also played an important role in this match, refusing a penalty for OL after contact between Thomas Foket and Lucas Paqueta (66th). At the heart of a long attack-defense sequence, the Gones broke their teeth on the Reims wall. And when it seemed about to crack, Rajkovic came to save his family with a monstrous save on a new shot from Cornet (83rd). But OL did not give up. And at the end of the suspense, Kadewere came to find the flaw of a header at the penalty spot on a cross from Depay (90th + 2). A lesser evil for OL. And inevitably a disappointment for Reims, now 11th.