AS Monaco: Subasić- Ballo-Toure, Badiashile, Glik, Sidibe- Fabregas, Silva, Lopes, Golovin (81' Aholou), Martins (91' Vinicius)- Falcao
Olympique Lyon: Lopes- Marcal (12' Mendy), Denayer, Marcelo, Dubois- Aouar (81' Cornet), Tousart, Ndombele- Terrier (39' Depay), Dembele, Traore
Today the teams from the opposite poles of the league table met with each other. Olympique Lyon players fight for second place and guarantee their performances in the group phase of the Champions League. They joined the meeting after a very good performance against Barcelona. AS Monaco's team is slowly running away from the axe and before this meeting they were just above the inheritance zone. In the December clash between the two teams, the top players in Lyon were those who won 3:0.
The hosts did not let themselves be pushed to the defensive and wanted to prove that their form is growing. It was they who worked out more dangerous situations from the first minutes. The effects had to come in the end. In the 18th minute Gelson Martins opened the outcome of the meeting. The Portuguese received the ball near the penalty box, turned towards the goal and with a strong blow on the ground defeated the goalkeeper. Surprised guests did not know how to respond to such a good game of Leonardo Jardim's charges. They were only able to foul their rivals. Their playing lacked accuracy and they could not break through the perfectly organized Monaco defense.
In the 27th minute we already had 2:0. Rony Lopes showed off his individual action. He walked with the ball about 40 meters, he kicked two rivals and with stoic calmness directed the ball into the net. The guests were helpless, and the hosts were driven by every action. For the first half hour, Lyon's players did not even shoot at Subasic's goal. Falcao was extremely active in this match, as he was able to hold the ball in the middle of his opponent. The Colombian also fired a few shots. During the first half the fans could not get bored, because the match was at a very high level. Monaco did not resemble the band from a dozen or so days ago.
The game image has not changed after the pause. It was the hosts who more often attacked and created more dangerous situations for themselves. Introduced in the first half, Memphis Depay revived the ranks of guests, but there was still a lack of specifics. Falcao regained strength and continued his very good game from the first part of the meeting. In 58th minute he could have decided the fate of this duel, but the ball hit the post. Kamil Glik did not show off in the 69th minute. The Polish defender wanted to save the situation and knock the ball out of his own criminal field. However, he hit Dembele's legs and the referee had to dictate a penalty kick. Memphis Depay approached the eleventh metre of the ball and to the joy of the fans gathered in the stadium, he failed to defeat Subasic. The Croatian felt Lyon's attacker and still had a 2:0 result on the light board. After this situation, the guests realized that defeat would be unavoidable in today's meeting. Until the end of the game nothing interesting happened and the match ended with a result of 2:0. The attitude of Leonardo Jardim's charges in today's game gives hope that AS Monaco will spend the next season on the fields of Ligue 1.