You had to be in Décines to hear the clamor when Lucas Paqueta entered the game. Holder with Brazil on the night of Thursday to Friday against Uruguay (4-1), the left-hander had gone out of his way to return to Lyon as quickly as possible and convince Peter Bosz to integrate him into his group for this shock against Monaco. The Dutch coach, initially refractory, finally put the name of his number 10 on the scoresheet, in the column of substitutes.
Gone to warm up at the hour mark, at a time when Lyon was beginning to dangerously lose control of events, Paqueta was the first Lyon joker to enter, in place of a Cherki who was still often too greedy (66th). Positioned on the right side, the one who now seems to have earned his title in the Seleção immediately electrified the match, which was not lacking in intensity. It was on one of his openings that Dubois was mown in the middle of the penalty area by Disasi (73rd). Penalty and goal from Toko-Ekambi (75th).
OL’s top scorer Toko-Ekambi
The Cameroonian is not the first name that comes to mind when talking about Olympique Lyonnais. However, the league and the Europa League combined, he is both the top scorer (5) and the co-best passer (3) for Les Gones after a quarter of the season. In the first period, already, he had been the most twirling attacker, in particular forcing Alexander Nübel to a formidable parry opposite hand on his right after a head stung on a very good cross from Caqueret (26th). Established eleven times out of twelve by Peter Bosz, he had also failed to be decisive passer of a bright heel for Aouar, narrowly countered by Aguilar in the 5m50 (64th).
On the Monegasque side, despite several interesting situations at the start of the second half, only Martins had forced Pollersbeck to a major parade (50th). For his first in Ligue 1, the replacement of Lopes, suspended, kept his clean sheet. The last disorganized assaults by the Principality’s players did nothing. On the contrary, on a caviar of Emerson, Denayer completed the success of Lyon (2-0). At the start of the action? A blind pass from outside Lucas Paqueta’s foot.