Olympique Lyonnais triumphs against Rangers, AS Monaco wins in pain against Sturm Graz


Olympique Lyonnais started their European campaign at the Ibrox Stadium to face the Glasgow Rangers. For this group A poster, Peter Bosz lined up a 4-3-3 with the trio Toko Ekambi, Slimani and Aouar in attack. For his part, Steven Gerrard also opted for a 4-3-3 with the trio Aribo, Morelos, Kent in charge of animating the attack of the Rangers. The Lyon start turned out to be sluggish, with difficulties in responding to the proposed physical challenge and some technical approximations. Despite an average start, OL relied on Toko Ekambi to open the scoring. Shifted to the left by Guimaraes, the Cameroonian winger fixed and rolled his ball well to surprise McGregor (0-1, 23rd).

Vexed, Gerrard’s men reacted with Aribo whose strike was repulsed by Lopes (28th), then by Lundstram whose tense strike spun right next to it (36th). Just before the break, Bosz’s protégés narrowly missed the break. On the right, Aouar distilled a good cross for Gusto whose inside of the foot gave some shivers to the Ibrox Stadium (38th). Three minutes later, Lopes saved his family by pushing back an attempt by Kent (41st). Before the hour mark, Olympique Lyonnais made the break. Shifted by Paqueta on the right, Aouar stumbled on McGregor, the leather came back on Paqueta who saw his shot blocked. The ball ended up in the feet of Slimani whose strike deflected by Tavernier deceived McGregor (0-2, 55 ‘). OL were scared after the hour mark with a free kick well struck by Tavernier who died on the upright of Lopes (65th). Subsequently, the Rhone players managed the Scottish offensives without trembling. Thanks to this first success, OL ideally launched its European campaign in Group A.

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AS Monaco suffered

For its part, AS Monaco hosted the Austrian training of Sturm Graz at the Louis II stadium. To launch this European adventure, Niko Kovac relied on a 4-4-2 with the duo Isidor, Volland at the forefront. Christian Ilzer lined up a 4-3-3 with the trio Yeboah, Ljubic, Jantscher in attack. From the start, the Monegasques tried to impose their game and Isidor, well served by Jakobs, saw the frame slip away on his head (4th). If the possession was asemist, this sterile gave little chills to the Austrians. We had to wait for the 26th to see a big opportunity for ASM. Matazor alerted Volland who transmitted to Gelson Martins in the box, but the Portuguese twirling strike was repelled by Siebenhandl. The Lusitanian international in his works had fun with the Austrian defense but his roll was not on target (30th).

Just before the break, AS Monaco missed the opener. Tchouaméni centered for Diatta whose discount found Volland in the box which did not fit (42nd). A miss that could have benefited Sturm Graz, but Ljubic’s shot crashed on the crossbar (43rd). After a laborious first act, Monaco took the advantage after the hour mark. Ben Yedder served Golovin who distilled a good cross for Diatta whose header deceived Siebenhandl (1-0, 66th). Without reassuring, AS Monaco won a precious success in this group B and started well the group stage of this Europa League. In the other matches of the evening, Leicester hosted Napoli at the King Power Stadium. Brendan Rodgers’ men quickly opened the scoring by Ayoze Perez (1-0, 9th) before making the break by Barnes after the hour mark (2-0, 64th). Five minutes later, Victor Osimhen restarted his own. At the end of the match, the Italian team recovered from the score thanks to its Nigerian striker who offered himself a double (2-2, 89th) and allowed his team to bring back a precious draw. Fenerbahçe stood up to Eintracht Frankfurt (1-1).

The results of the evening

Group A

Glasgow Rangers 0-2 Olympique Lyonnais : Toko Ekambi (23rd), Tavernier (csc, 55th) for OL

Bröndby 0-0 Sparta Prague

Group B

Monaco 1-0 Sturm Graz: Diatta (66th) for Monaco

PSV Eindhoven 2-2 Real Sociedad: Götze (31st), Gakpo (55th) for PSV; Januzaj (36th), Isak (39th) for Real

Group C

Leicester 2-2 Napoli: Perez (9th), Barnes (64th) for Leicester; Osimhen (69th, 89th) for Naples

Group D

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Fenerbahçe: Lammers (41st) for Frankfurt; Ozil (10th) for Fenerbahçe

Olympiacos 2-1 Royal Antwerp: El Arabi (52nd), Reabciuk (87th) for Olympiakos; Samatta (75th) for Antwerp

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