A single being comes into play and everything can change. In a balanced match between Lyon and Monaco, counting for the 10th day of Ligue 1, the Rhone finally won against a direct competitor in the Champions League (2-0), Saturday October 16, thanks to the resounding return of Lucas Paqueta, at the origin of the two goals. These three points allow OL to overtake their evening opponent and temporarily settle in 5th place in the championship.
“If he plays tonight, it’s completely impossible for him to be in the band”, however, warned coach Peter Bosz on Thursday. Less than 48 hours earlier, Lucas Paqueta had started with Brazil against Uruguay and the Dutch coach did not keep his word. “We talked a lot with the medical staff, he explained on Canal + Offset. It was a big risk tonight, it paid off. “
It took him well, to the delight of the Lyon fans offering a huge ovation to their idol in the 67th minute. The great thrill felt in Groupama Stadium when he took over from Rayan Cherki heralded, without knowing it, a turning point in this duel of Europeans.
From fans to his teammates, all Lyonnais seemed invigorated by the entry of Paqueta. As if they knew that his talent would once again carry OL, like his thunderous start to the season in the City of Lights. “Every time he’s on the pitch, he makes individual differences”, admitted Jason Denayer at the microphone of Canal + Offset.
From his first balloons, the crowd was electrified and the meeting changed when the former Milanese had just covered 9,000 kilometers with 6 hours of time difference. Six minutes after coming into play, he served Léo Dubois who caused the fault in the area of Axel Disasi (73rd). Highly visible from the start of the match, Karl Toko-Ekambi transformed him to offer victory to his team (75th).
Paqueta’s last pass is just the visible face of his decisive performance on the evening. His vision of the game and his technical ease (3 successful dribbles) would make life easy for any Ligue 1 team. It is Lyon who have the chance to take advantage of this jewel in the image of their pass to the blind given to Emerson from the outside of the foot on the second Lyon goal scored by Jason Denayer (90th).
– Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) October 16, 2021
Lyon was however on the verge of rupture before its star entered the scene. On two occasions, Monaco had the opportunity to open the mark in transition, but the blows were badly negotiated (54th, 57th). The luck had passed for ASM who suffered too much in the first period in the absence of Aurélien Tchouaméni and Sofiane Diop (suspended).
For OL, Anthony Lopes was missing, also suspended, but his replacement Julian Pollersbeck experienced a serene first start in Ligue 1. Unlike Alexander Nübel. Often rightly criticized since August, the Monegasque doorman has long repelled the assaults in Lyon, in particular those of Karl Toko-Ekambi (22nd, 26th and 70th).
Then Paqueta took off his tracksuit, replaced Ryan Cherki, who started exceptionally at the forefront, and the meeting definitely changed. To the delight of the Lyonnais who return to the standings before challenging Sparta Prague on Thursday in the Europa League.