Enjoying good shape Ghezzal-Valbuena duo and also some favorable circumstances, OL ended Sunday night in the beautiful dynamics of Monaco (3-1).
18th day of Ligue 1
Goals: Bakayoko (70th); Ghezzal (29th), Valbuena (65th), Lacazette (87th)
Intractable on the national scene for several weeks, AS Monaco fell on Sunday in its last match of the year at home. Opposite Lyon, the princely training was not his usual performance, nor the assurance it has so often shown to Louis II. Faced with Gones, Leonardo Jardim’s men were slow to react well when events become favorable to it. The Rhodaniens took advantage to sign an ultra-important success which Nice, sacred autumn champion, is the main beneficiary.
There was no indication against a Monaco-performance at the meeting of the 18th day of Ligue 1 . Even Louis II showed almost full on occasion, believing a new demonstration of his team. But after watching Anthony Lopes deprive them of the opening score on a double opportunity of Bernard Mendy (8th), local began to stammer their football. If balanced usual, the team split into two and OL took the opportunity to take the lead on the half hour of play on a beautifully constructed action. Rachid Ghezzal ended up concluding with a left low shot post after a service Mathieu Valbuena .
Monaco has sold her skin dearly
At 0-1, the ASM has tried to respond, but some of its key elements were wrong fight by giving in to nervousness. This is the case, among others, Benjamin Mendy, who was sent off five minutes before the break to give a kick to corentino Tolisso. The gesture that we should not do as he seriously complicated the chances of local to reply. Yet it is with a man less than Monaco has delivered its best in the second half. Pricked in their pride, they balked and this has resulted in a completely décadenassée battle.
In desperate to equalize, Monaco was exposed. He might have to pay in the 50th after a cons concluded by Ghezzal, or in the 56th from a penalty Lacazette, but both alerts were offset by Subasic . The Croatian goalkeeper could not repel the danger however indefinitely and eventually bow on a recovery Valbuena (65th), served by Ghezzal. It was 2-0 and we thought the match unfolded. Did not count on a final burst of pride Monegasques. Bakayoko reduced the deficit in the 70th and preserved the hope of a draw. A hope that eventually fly in the 86th when Lacazette is redeemed his penalty miss with an unstoppable chaining the surface. Lyon prevailed 3-1. A result that the recovery in the battle for the podium, while giving a new twist to the race for the title.