Team 20 May 2023, 00:46

A shaken AS Monaco fall in Lyon

A shaken AS Monaco fall in Lyon
Despite opening the scoring early, our Rouge et Blanc lost to Olympique Lyonnais at Groupama Stadium (3-1). They still retain fourth place ahead of their trip to Rennes.

This is a loss that stings. Despite a good start to the match with an early goal from Wissam Ben Yedder, AS Monaco lost at Groupama Stadium (3-1), despite having had a few good chances. Our Rouge et Blanc still retains fourth place in the standings, which will have to be defended away to Rennes next Saturday (9 p.m.). ✍️

The context 📅

After a win over Angers and a draw against Lille, our Rouge et Blanc wanted to keep their unbeaten run going. And in this match against Lyon, who faced an uphill battle to play in Europe next season,  it was a chance for our Monégasques to keep a firm hold of fourth place.

We have goals and dreams in mind, and we have to find a good balance between all of them. We have to both develop our young talents, and at the same time deal with the departure of some players.
Philippe ClementManager, AS Monaco

The eleven 👥

Philippe Clement decided to play a 3-4-2-1 again, as he had against SCO and LOSC. The central defence was unchanged with Axel Disasi, Chrislain Matsima and Caio Henrique in the eleven. Vanderson and Ismail Jakobs were lined up as wingbacks, while Wissam Ben Yedder, back from suspension, regained his place in the starting lineup.

The scenario 🎞

The Monegasques started the game in the best possible way. The Monegasque captain was quickly found with a long ball and was brought down by Anthony Lopes. Our number 10  converted by sending the Lyon goalkeeper the wrong way and opened the scoring (2nd, 0-1). It was his his 18th goal of the season in the league.

An unrewarded domination

The hosts tried to respond but Alexander Nübel was vigilant (3′). The tension did not drop, though and Fofana tried his luck from range (11′). AS Monaco intensified their dominance but failed to double the lead despite several clear chances (17′, 18′, 34′).

Conversely, Olympique Lyonnais showed a clinical touch, as Alexandre Lacazette equalized (38′, 1-1). Axel Disasi tried to in quick succession, but Anthony Lopes intervened (39′) and the score remained level at the break.


A difficult second half

On returning from the locker room, it was the Monegasques who were the first to be dangerous on a heavy strike from the Tsar at the edge of the area (54′). Unfortunately, Maxence Caqueret would give the advantage to his team (57′, 2-1). Philippe Clement wanted shake things up and made two changes in bringing on Ben Seghir and Camara (64′).

A few minutes later, Vanderson made a cross which crashed off the hosts’ crossbar (70′). The substitutes were impressing, with Mohamed Camara picking out Breel Emoblo  with a long ball, but unfortunately he would over-hit the ball on a one-on-one (73′).

Bounce back against Rennes on Saturday

Unfortunately Olympique Lyonnais took this let-off in stride thanks to Rayan Cherki (78′, 3-1) and were not far from widening the lead through Lacazette (83′) and Cherki (90′). In what was a difficult match, AS Monaco therefore fell at the Groupama Stadium (3-1), but still remain fourth in Ligue 1. They will now have to bounce back next Saturday against Rennes at Roazhon Park (9 p.m.).

The highlights 🎥

2′: Goal by Ben Yedder from the penalty spot (0-1)
13′: Lacazette’s strike is captured by Nübel
20′: Nübel makes a superb save on a shot from Cherki
34′: Fofana tries his luck from distance and is denied by Lopes
39′: Goal by Lacazette (1-1)
49′: Header by Lacazette
54′: A powerful strike by Golovin is stopped by Lopes
57′: Goal by Caqueret (2-1)
70′: Vanderson shoots from range and his shot comes off the crossbar
73′: Embolo takes a poor touch
78′: Goal by Cherki (3-1)
80′: Fofana hits over from range

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Match Details

Friday, May 19 – Groupama Stadium

Ligue 1 – Matchday 36: Olympique Lyonnais 3-1 AS Monaco

Halftime: 1-1

Goals: Lacazette (38′), Caqueret (57′) and Cherki (78′) for Lyon; Ben Yedder (2′) for AS Monaco

Bookings: Golovin (31′), Jakobs (55′) and Vanderson (64′) for AS Monaco

Lyon: Lopes – Kumbedi, Diomande, Lukeba, Tagliafico – Caqueret, Tolisso – Jeffinho (Mendes, 76′), Cherki, Barcola –  Lacazette ©

Substitutes: Riou, Henrique, Boateng, Mendes, Gusto, Aouar, Lepenant, Sarr, Dembele

Manager: Laurent Blanc

AS Monaco: Nübel – Disasi, Matsima, C.Henrique – Vanderson, Fofana, Matazo (Camara, 64′), Jakobs – Akliouche (Ben Seghir, 64′), Golovin (Diatta, 71′) – Ben Yedder (Embolo, 71′) ©

Remplaçants : Didillon, Maripán, Aguilar, Camara, Minamino, Diatta, Volland, Embolo, Ben Seghir

Manager: Philippe Clement

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