Ben Yedder leads Monaco’s win over Lyon




Lyon headed to the Stade Louis II after three straight wins and knowing they had won their last four top-flight encounters with a Monegasque side that had given Philippe Clément a win, a loss and a draw in his first three meetings. Supported L1 games. Soon, however, they too would learn that this would not be their night.

Jean Lucas left Lyon after two disappointing years in which he failed to find the net to join Monaco this summer: within two minutes he was home from close range, putting the finishing touches on Ben’s stolen cross Yedder to feed his former employers. for thought.

But for Anthony Lopes, there would have been many others to add. The Lyon goalkeeper pushed back Gelson Martins (11th) then fired a shot from Jean Lucas (15th) before being brilliantly beaten by Ben Yedder.

The Monegasque captain had received a heel from Sofiane Diop to allow him to cross for the opener. This time, Diop slipped a perfectly weighed ball into the trajectory of his captain, and Lopes advancing, Ben Yedder fired a sublime shot above the Lyon goalkeeper and at the near post (27th).

Alexander Nübel in the Monegasque net was hardly worried, even if he watched with relief Axel Disasi send a shot from Jérôme Boateng on the loop (37th), and he asked Guillermo Maripan to clear a header from Moussa Dembélé after the goalkeeper on loan from Bayern Munich. hesitated (43′).

While Monaco were impressive in the first half, they were equally defensive in the second, keeping Lyon at bay, despite the visitors dominating territory and possession. Peter Bosz’s men could have benefited from a better outcome, however, if Nübel’s reactions had not allowed him to block the point-blank shot from Castello Lukeba and if Kevin Volland had not bravely cleared the header under pressure from Dembele all in the space of 30 frantic seconds (52 ‘).

The half-time introductions of new signings Tanguy Ndombélé and Romain Faivre, as well as teenage prodigy Rayan Cherki certainly picked up the pace of Lyon’s game as they moved from a back three to a back four, but they didn’t have not been able to significantly trouble Nübel further than Monaco. settles above Lyon, Montpellier, Rennes and Strasbourg at the foot of the podium.

THE PLAYER: Wissam ben Yedder

The Monaco captain may be 31 but shows no signs of losing contact in front of goal. He now has two more than his closest challenger in the Uber Eats Ligue 1 goalscoring chart – Jonathan David of Lille – and has shown the skilful, icy touch of a born goalscorer to double his lead. team. He could have had more too.


Monaco have now won their last four league games at home and are unbeaten in their last nine – seven wins – at the Stade Louis II.


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