The clinical coolness of Ben Yedder and Volland which contrasts with the inefficiency of Lyon but also the error of Diomandé: find the tops / flops of the qualification of Monaco in Lyon (0-2).
Ben Yedder & Volland, Bonnie & Clyde
Absolutely invisible for 45 minutes, the two men scored the two goals of the Monaco qualification in the semi-final (2-0). Like two cold-blooded killers. Ben Yedder first from the penalty spot (54th), as a good captain still equally at ease in the exercise (10 penalties on 18 goals this season) then Volland with a strike as sudden as surprising (61st), in an angle closed and on the wrong foot. The 17th goal of the season for the German, arrived this summer and whose complementarity with his accomplice in the attack is no longer to be proven. These two are for many in the resplendent state of form of the club of the Principality.
Ballo-Touré woke his family
It was from him that the Monegasque revolt came. Already placed high on the rare Monegasque excursions in the first period (21st), the Senegalese was, almost in spite of himself, at the origin of the opening of the score of Ben Yedder. Victim of a gross fault by Diomandé (see elsewhere), Ballo-Touré quickly recovered and could have been a passer without decisive without Pollersbeck’s parade in front of Ben Yedder a few moments later (55th). He then worked to break Paqueta, before being warned and then out (64th).
Majecki, the guardian angel
For his fourth freelance of the season, the fourth in the Cup, the Polish international hopeful signed a fourth clean sheet. However, we did not give much of our skin before rest, following the breaking waves in Lyon. Solid in front of Bard then Paqueta at the start of the match (12th, 16th), the usual substitute obviously provoked the baraka since he was first saved by his right post on the attempts of Cornet (30th) then Marcelo (33rd) before seeing Caqueret’s volley crash into his bar (35th). Five minutes of madness enough to understand that the Pole had a lucky star above Groupama Stadium. But he also responded in the second half on the strike of Aouar (76th) or to reassure his people on a center (84th). ASM’s lucky charm.
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Lyon’s lack of efficiency
If Majecki shone, it is also and above all because OL were unable to conclude. In a scenario in many points similar to the first leg in L1, where the Gones had spent 4 in one half at ASM (4-1, October 25). This time, Rudi Garcia’s gang failed to convert their 10 shots in the first period, including three on target and three more on the uprights. The latter will argue after the meeting “a lack of success”, but it is above all a lack of efficiency that does not pay off against a Monaco light years away from his arrival last October. An inability to score that continued until the end of the match, with Aouar’s too soft strike (76th) or Slimani’s missed volley (90th + 2). And for the first time in more than three months, an OL that does not score.
Tension in the air
Without the soundtrack concocted for the broadcasters, it is an understatement to say that the spectator was closer to the debates. Or rather combat. In a match where animosity disrupted an already choppy game several times, the military management of the debates by Ms. Frappart did not allow the tension to fall. After three cards in less than ten minutes, including after fifteen seconds for Volland, the total will finally be increased to eight, including a second yellow for Diomandé. But between the clashes and the face-to-face duels, there is no doubt that a whole different fight awaits the two teams for a much more important match in eleven days at the Stade Louis II.
Diomandé is expensive
Warned from the outset for a sole on Volland (6th), the Ivorian then quietly entered a match where the Rhone rearguard was hardly worried. But after the rest, his high foot on Ballo-Touré is paid cash by a double penalty (54th). Diomandé may well insist, this decision aroused no debate. To be blamed on the youth (20 years) rather than on the account of experience (he has played 28 matches with OL this season), his error precipitated the elimination of an OL who was nevertheless superior in the large widths.