As the game kicked off in a drizzle of rain, Traoré was shown a yellow card by referee Mr Fautrel for his very first challenge of the evening, a late tackle on Umtiti (2 mins). Almost immediately, Lemar had a first sight of goal with a powerful effort from a tight angle, but could only find the side netting (3 mins). A few minutes later, Yanga-Mbiwa could well have seen red as he blocked off Traoré from a clear run on goal. Moutinho took the free kick from a central position some 25 yards out, but Lopes was equal to it (9 mins). With just over a quarter of an hour gone, Jallet brought down Lemar in the Lyon box, but Mr Fautrel waved play on. The visitors finally woke up on 18 minutes, as Beauvue beat Toulalan on the right of the penalty area, but his low shot was held by the watchful Subasic.
Pasalic heads in the opener!
Moments later, Cavaleiro found Traoré in front of the Lyon goal, but his effort was wayward (19 mins). Lopes then had to stretch to keep out a howitzer of a shot from Lemar (20 mins), before seeing an attempt by Fabinho miss the target (21 mins). AS Monaco then failed to hit the target with another three shots (Silva on 22 mins, Cavaleiro on 35 mins and 37 mins), while Darder sent an effort into the stands on 25 minutes. With half-time approaching, AS Monaco won their first corner of the game. Lemar delivered a perfect ball, Lopes flapped at it and Pasalic was well placed to head home (40 mins). Lyon's response was a free kick struck by Valbuena that was stopped well by Subasic. The Red & Whites led at the break, for the first time at home this season in Ligue 1...
Harsh dismissal for Wallace
At the beginning of the second half, Valbuena had a pot shot from another free kick, but the wall did its job and blocked his strike (47 mins), before Lopes was called into action to deny Traoré (50 mins). Lacazette then met a cross from Ghezzal but was unable to direct his effort on goal (51 mins). OL were upping the pressure on the Monegasque goal, but the home side continued to threaten every time they went forward. On 56 minutes, Valbuena tripped Fabinho in the Lyon box, but once again Mr Fautrel failed to award a spot kick... A minute later, Lopes tipped away a long range free kick from Lemar, before Subasic dealt with a similar effort from Valbuena more easily (60 mins). With AS Monaco holding Lyon at bay, the match was turned on its head in the 66th minute, when Mr Fautrel opted to send off Wallace for a foul on Ghezzal that only warranted a yellow card.
Rafael finds the equaliser
Down to ten men for the last 25 minutes, AS Monaco ended the game with no specialist centre backs on the pitch! Elderson dropped into the middle of defence with Toulalan, with Lemar slotting in at left-back. In the 78th minute, a deep cross from Lacazette was almost turned into his own net by Toulalan. Traoré then won a free kick, which Lemar sent just millimetres over the crossbar in the 80th minute. With AS Monaco holding onto their slender advantage, Subasic turned a Ferri shot behind for a corner. From the resulting set piece, AS Monaco cleared but the ball was pumped back into the mixer. After some pinball in the box, Rafael found himself with just the 'keeper to beat and equalised from close range. OL continued to push forward in the latter stages, but the Monegasque defence stood firm. The game ended 1-1, AS Monaco will have to wait a little longer for their first home win of the season in Ligue 1...