Football. Ligue 1: OL move closer to Europe after victory over Monaco

Olympique Lyonnais – AS Monaco


Lyon managed to turn things around from the start and win at home on Sunday at the expense of Monaco (3:2), whose defeat allowed Paris Saint-Germain to become champions of France for the 12th time.E times.

Lyonnais’ victory allows them to temporarily occupy 7th placeE ranking position. A place synonymous with qualification for the European Conference League, an openly declared ambition of OL.

End of streak for Monaco

Lyon, who officially secured his maintenance from April 24 and PSG’s victory in Lorient (4-1), after being last until the 15th.E day with just seven points ahead of Rennes (8thE) of two lengths. For Monaco, it is the end of a streak of five consecutive away victories, but also an unbeaten streak that has lasted since February 18 and eight days (6 wins, 2 draws).

ASM remains in second place behind PSG and occupies 2nd placeE a direct qualification place for the Champions League, but its goal is only two steps ahead of Brest (3E) and three at Lille (4E), who will host Lyonnais on May 6.
For the people of Rhone, this victory sounds like a restart after the conceding defeat in Paris (4-1) on April 21 after a streak of five matches without defeat.

She once again demonstrated the mental skills of OL, who had already reversed a compromising situation against Brest on April 14, winning 4-3 after trailing 3-1.

A long slump on the Monaco side

However, Monaco opened the scoring after just twenty seconds through Wissam Ben Yedder at the end of a dazzling attack led by Maghnes Akliouch and Folarin Balogun (0-1, 1D). Ben Yedder then gave his side the advantage by heading in a cross from Youssouf Fofan in the second half (2-2, 60E).

Because in the meantime, OL finally entered the game after suffering Monaco’s dominance. Alexandre Lacazette equalized from the 22nd (1:1).E minute with a cross from the left wing by Saïd Benrahma in front of the second, four minutes later again a cross from the right by Clinton Mata (2-1, 26E).

At this point in the match, Monaco lost control of the game, even at the start of the second half, despite Breel Embolo, Kassoum Ouattara and Mohammed Salisu entering the game at half-time. On a new cross from Mata Lacazette, he narrowly missed the target again (54E) before being too short to receive a pass from Rayan Cherki, who had barely entered the field (66E). He narrowly missed the goal after Malick Fofan’s cross (72E).

It was the latter who ensured Lyon’s victory at the end of the counter-attack, when he won the duel with the goalkeeper Majecki after being alerted in the axis by Lacazette (3-2, 84E).

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