Ligue 1: driven by a great Ben Yedder, AS Monaco dominates Lyon and returns to the foot of the podium



Monaco rose to provisional 4th place in the Championship thanks to a clear and flawless success (2-0) at the expense of a far too messy Olympique Lyonnais, Saturday February 5, on behalf of the 23rd day of Ligue 1. ‘OL, on the other hand, saw their good series (seven games without defeat in the Championship) interrupted.

The Philippe Clement effect is confirmed in Monaco. In any case, there is no denying the performance of Wissam Ben Yedder. Already untenable during Monaco’s victory against Lens (4-2) in the Coupe de France, where he scored twice, the tricolor international was again more than inspired against Lyon who nevertheless remained on 4 rank success against the Monegasques.

OL, who started with Tanguy Ndombele, back from Tottenham, on the bench, were quick to bear the brunt of this flashback. Two minutes exactly. Time for Diop to offset Ben Yedder with a brilliant backheel and the latter to cross for Jean Lucas whose header left Lopes no chance (1-0, 2nd).

And a big snub for the Brazilian, transferred from Lyon to Monaco during the last summer transfer window. In the aftermath, the decisive passer was again at the origin of the enormous opportunity for Diop, whose blocked shot finally failed a few centimeters from the stop of the Olympian goal (21st).

While the offensive trident feasted on Lyon’s largesse, especially in the corridors where the side were constantly caught in the depth, Paqueta multiplied the loss of balls and Lyon stuttered the football which had allowed him to remain on 7 games without defeat, including 3 row wins, before kick-off.


Almost inevitable consequence, Monaco doubled the bet by the man of the evening. Launched at the limit of offside, Wissam Ben Yedder appeared alone against Lopes whom he lobbed with a ball stung from the left that Lionel Messi would not have denied (2-0, 27th) and 14th goal of the season for the Rocher striker who prances more than ever at the top of the ranking of the best directors.

Subsequently, Clement’s men were less sharp, and more wait-and-see, without this harming them as the Lyonnais, more in control of the ball but unable to improve it, remained harmless. It’s a real setback for OL who hoped to get closer to the podium on the momentum of their recent successes but the partners of Rayan Cherki, out through injury, were really too timid to hope to continue their ascent.



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