Ligue 1 Uber Eats 28 April 2024, 22:22

AS Monaco are stunned late on by Lyon

AS Monaco are stunned late on by Lyon
In a thrilling match, the Rouge et Blanc and Wissam Ben Yedder, scorer of a double, conceded at the very end of the game on a counter-attack concluded by Malick Fofana (3-2).

What a pity! Quickly in front then trailing by a goal at the break, our Rouge et Blanc thought they would get a draw thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder’s 115th goal in Monegasque colors. But on a counter at the end of the game, they conceded, losing 3-2. It was a result which does not, however, prevent them from retaining second place in the table. ✍️

The context 📅

After a perfect start to the week with wins inBrest (0-2) and against Lille (1-0), two direct competitors for the Champions League, AS Monaco was aiming for another in in  in Lyon. A success would then bring them a little closer to their designated objective: second place. We had to be wary all the same since the Rhone side have been in good form since the arrival of Pierre Sage (34 points from 18 matches).

We know it will be a big game on Sunday. They started the season badly and made several coaching changes. Since the arrival of Pierre Sage, they have been in very good form and have taken 34 points like us. We are going to play in a big stadium, with a great atmosphere against a historic club, my team likes to play this type of match.
Adi HütterOn OL

The eleven 👥

As the saying goes: you don’t change a winning team. It is therefore with this in mind that Adi Hütter decided to renew the winning XI that had daced Lille, for this big match of the 31st round against OL. We thus saw the team line up in a 4-4-2 with the flanks occupied by Vanderson and Krépin Diatta, while Folarin Balogun and Wissam Ben Yedder lead the Monegasque attack. Guillermo Maripán would celebrate his 150th match in the Monegasque jersey.

The scenario 🎞

In the pouring rain, the Monegasques did not waste time and on their first attack led by Maghnes Akliouche, Wissam Ben Yedder was found at the far post, and finished from close range (1′). Although initially disallowed for offside position, VAR ultimately awarded the goal, allowing the captain to score for the 12th time this season.

Back to back goals for the hosts

The Rouge et Blanc were playing well and were close to doubling the lead through Folarin Balogun but he was found to be offside (15′). Then it was the turn of Youssouf Fofana, who had previously scored against Lille, to take a chance with a floating shot that was difficult for Anthony Lopes to keep out (19′). Against the run of play, AS Monaco then unfortunately conceded an equalizer to Alexandre Lacazette (22′), before falling behind after a goal by Saïd Benrahma (26′).

A triple change made from the break

Half-time was therefore whistled with a one-goal advantage for the hosts. It was a score which obviously did not delight coach Adi Hütter who made a triple change from the start of the half, bringing on Kassoum Ouattara, Mohammed Salisu and Breel Embolo (46′). The second half started at a higher pace with chances at both ends by Alexandre Lacazette (54′), Youssouf Fofana (56′) and Saïd Benrahama, who was denied by an excellent Radoslaw Majecki (59′)

Captain’ Wiss, drawing level with Lucien Cossou

It was a game-saving save since only two minutes later, Wissam Ben Yedder equalized with a diving header, taking on a perfect cross from Youss’ (61′). It was also a goal of great symbolic value since he became the second-top scorer in the history of the Club, level with Lucien Cossou (115 each).

He even came close to moving alone into second place almost straight away but his left-footed shot was overhit and only flirted with Anthony Lopes’ post (62′). The Rouge et Blanc dominated the ball and the Lyonnais played more on the counterattack. It was a strategy which failed to pay off for Rayan Cherki but fortunately the latter shot over from six meters (72′).

The Monegasques caught on the counter

The reply came two minutes later by Breel Embolo, whose header was captured by the opposing goalkeeper (74′), before Wissam Ben Yedder thought he had his hat-trick with a volley into the top corner but he was flagged slightly offside (78′).

This was an unfortunate turn of events as they would be caught out on a counterattack concluded by Malick Fofana, beating Radek’ (84′), who allowed us to maintain hope by intervening at his near post on a strike from Lacazette (87′).

Get back to winning ways against Clermont

Certainly tired from the two matches already played this week against Brest (0-2) and Lille (1-0), they failed to come back again, ultimately losing 3-2 at Groupama Stadium. Despite this first away defeat since November, the Rouge et Blanc retained second place, two points ahead of Bres. The team will be back in action Saturday at the Stade Louis-II against bottom side Clermont (17:00) where they’ll hope to rebound. Daghe les gars! 🇲🇨

Key moments 🎥

1s: Ben Yedder opens the scoring after a fine bit of play (0-1)
15′: A goal is denied to Balogun for offside
19′: A floating strike by Fofana is punched clear by Lopes
22′: Lyon equalize through Lacazette (1-1)
26′: A second Lyon goal by Benrahma (2-1)
54′: A diving header by Lacazette flashes over
56′: A powerful strike by Fofana is deflected for a corner
59′: Majecki beats Benrahma in a one-on-one
61′: A double for Ben Yedder who heads home a cross from Fofana (2-2)
62′: Ben Yedder’s effort is overhit
72′: Cherki’s attempt goes over the bar
76′: Lopes saves from Embolo’s header
78′: A goal is denied Ben Yedder for a slight offside
84′: Lyon counter-attack and Fofana finishes (3-2)
87′: Majecki makes a big save at his near post

📋 Match details:

Sunday April 28 – Groupama Stadium

Ligue 1 – Matchday 31: Olympique Lyonnais 3-2 AS Monaco 

Halftime: 2-1

Goals: Lacazette (22′), Benrahma (26′), Fofana (84′) for Lyon; Ben Yedder (1′, 61′) for AS Monaco

Bookings: Benrahma (38′) for Lyon; Minamino (25′), Ouattara (47′), Diatta (69′) for AS Monaco

Olympique Lyonnais: Lopes – Maitland-Niles, O’Brien, Caleta-Car, Mata – Matic – Nuamah (Fofana, 66′), Caqueret, Tolisso, Benrahma (Cherki, 66′) – Lacazette © (Baldé, 90+2′)

Substitutes: Perri, Adryelson, Henrique, Lovren, Cherki, Mangala, Baldé, Fofana, Orban

Manager: Pierre Sage

AS Monaco: Majecki – Vanderson (Ouattara, 46′), Maripán (Salisu, 46′), Kehrer, Diatta  – Akliouche, Fofana, Zakaria, Minamino – Balogun (Embolo, 46′), Ben Yedder ©

Substitutes: Köhn, C.Henrique, Ouattara, Salisu, Camara, Coulibaly, Diop, Magassa, Embolo

Manager: Adi Hütter