The big match of the 10th round in Ligue 1, between two European teams, unfortunately did not turn in favor of AS Monaco, who lost in Lyon this Saturday evening (2-0). To compensate for the suspensions of Sofiane Diop and Aurélien Tchouameni, as well as the injury-enforced absences of Krépin Diatta, Aleksandr Golovin, Cesc Fàbregas and Djibril Sidibé, Niko Kovac decided to play a 4-4-2, with the duo of Youssouf Fofana and Jean Lucas in midfield and Eliot Matazo line up on the left flank.
Alexander Nübel keeps Lyon at bay
The start of the match was a real tactical battle, a game of chess, between Niko Kovac and Peter Bosz, who had already faced each other twice in the Bundesliga. And it was the Lyonnais who were the most dangerous, especially Karl Toko Ekambi. But on three occasions (7′, 22′, 26′) the Cameroonian saw his efforts blocked by Alexander Nübel, including a sublime diving save to his right.
Rayan Cherki and Houssem Aouar, in the same minute (34′), were also dangerous but the Monegasques returned to the locker room still on a clean sheet and could even have opened the scoring through Gelson Martins, picked out superbly by Jean Lucas at the far post (29′).
Bounce back Thursday in Eindhoven
Playing better in the second half, the Monegasques were close to opening the scoring on a low effort from Gelson Martins, kept out well by Julian Pollersbeck (50′), and again after a fine bit of skill by Wissam Ben Yedder (57′). Unfortunately, the Lyonnais ended up opening the scorer on a penalty converted by Karl Toko Ekambi (75′), before Jason Denayer added a second (90′).
This defeat puts an end to a fine run of six consecutive games without defeat, in all competitions. For the Rouge et Blanc the week is not over since they are next away to PSV Eindhoven this Thursday (9 p.m.), in the big match of the third matchday of the group stage of the Europa League, between the two leaders of group B. In Ligue 1, the team’s next match will take place next Sunday (5 p.m.), at the Stade Louis-II, with a visit from Montpellier.
𝗙𝗶𝗻 𝗱𝘂 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵.
Nos Rouge et Blanc s'inclinent à Lyon. Prochaine rencontre dès jeudi avec un déplacement à Eindhoven en Europa League.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) October 16, 2021
Ligue 1 Uber Eats – Matchday 10
Olympique Lyonnais 2–0 AS Monaco
Goals: Toko Ekambi (75′ pen), Denayer (90′)
Bookings: Caqueret (77′); Disasi (73′), Jean Lucas (77′)
Olympique Lyonnais: Pollersbeck – Dubois, Boateng, Denayer, Emerson – Caqueret, B.Guimaraes – Shaqiri (Kadewere 67′), Aouar, Toko Ekambi – Cherki (Paquetá 67′)
Substitutes: Bonnevie, Da Silva, Diomandé, Gusto, Henrique, Lukeba, L.Keita, Paquetá, Thiago Mendes, Kadewere
Manager:: Peter Bosz
AS Monaco: Nübel – Aguilar, Disasi, Badiashile, C.Henrique – Gelson Martins (Akliouche 91′), Jean Lucas (Jakobs 82′), Fofana, Matazo (Lemarechal 82′) – Ben Yedder ©, Volland (Boadu 71′)
Substitutes: Majecki, Jakobs, Maripán, Matsima, Pavlović, Akliouche, Lemarechal, Boadu, Isidor
Manager: Niko Kovac