After an uneventful opening few minutes, the match soon came alive as Lyon won a free kick in a promising position to the right of the penalty area. Mvuemba took it and found Fekir, but his effort was blocked by the Monaco defence (8 mins). The first real opening of the game came on the quarter-hour mark and it fell to AS Monaco, with Jallet cutting out Ferreira Carrasco's cross intended for Berbatov. Next it was Kurzawa's turn to save his side, as he produced a good block to avert the threat from Malbranque on 19 minutes. Monaco responded three minutes later, but Ferreira Carrasco's header was well held by Lopes, the first of a string of impressive saves by the Lyon 'keeper. But moments after Kurzawa saw his header fly narrowly wide, it was the home side who took the lead with their first clear-cut chance.
Ocampos cancels out Fekir's opener
Taking a perfect pass in the penalty area, Fekir calmly slotted the ball past Subasic (30 mins). The reply was immediate from Monaco, but Lopes was equal to Kondogbia's scuffed shot. The home 'keeper then saw Ocampos' shot sail over his crossbar (36 mins), but the Argentine forward enjoyed more success with another effort two minutes later. Taking Kondogbia's pass with a great first touch, he sent the ball arrowing into the corner of the net. Lopes was finally beaten, but he continued to frustrate the visitors. After Toulalan thwarted a Lyon counter-attack (43 mins), the Portugal 'keeper was called into action again just before the break, holding onto Berbatov's close-range strike. AS Monaco were well on top as the first half came to a close.
End to end
The second half started with a scare for the visitors, as Ferri missed the target with only Subasic to beat (49 mins). The Croatian 'keeper then had to deal with a dangerous-looking cross from Fekir, but his counterpart at the other end was kept just as busy, pushing a fine header from Berbatov behind for a corner on 53 minutes. It was breathtaking end to end stuff by this point, as the match really began to open up. Subasic got down to keep out a superb volley from Lacazette at his near post (59 mins), while Lopes produced a stunning full-length save to tip Ferreira Carrasco's low strike around the post (62 mins), before getting his hands to a header from Berbatov. On 73 minutes, Lyon substitute N’jie sent an inviting ball across the face of goal that Lacazette was inches away from converting. OL eventually made the breakthrough, as Tolisso took advantage of a poorly cleared corner.
A cruel defeat
The youngster stayed in the danger zone and was in the right place to collect Umtiti's pull-back and side-foot the ball into the far corner to restore his side's advantage (74 mins). In an effort to rescue the game, Leonardo Jardim threw on Germain, Martial and Kamara in place of Toulalan, Ocampos and Ferreira Carrasco. And although N’Jie went close with a great solo effort, it was Monaco who dominated the latter stages of the game. On 84 minutes, Lopes was forced into another fingertip save, pushing Kondogbia's header onto the crossbar! Despite winning a host of corners and one last free kick in a good position in the dying seconds, the Monegasques were consigned to their defeat of the season. An undeserved loss for a team whose performance merited more, but who will now have to rally in time for the start of their UEFA Champions League campaign on Tuesday night against Bayer Leverkusen.