AS Monaco punishes OL and goes to the semi-finals!


At Groupama Stadium, Olympique Lyonnais hoped to reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. But it was first necessary to fight against a strong opponent, the best French team of the year 2021: AS Monaco. With only one small defeat over the calendar year, Niko Kovac’s men were keen to win and to forget the heavy defeat last October (4-1) in this stadium. For this meeting, Rudi Garcia aligned a team reorganized in a 3-4-3 with Paqueta in false number 9. The Brazilian was supported by Cornet and Depay in attack. No particular change on the Monegasque side with always the duos Ben Yedder – Volland in front and Fofana – Tchouameni in the heart of the game. You had to be well seated on your sofa to follow the start of the meeting. A meeting that started with a yellow card for a nasty foul by Volland after only twenty seconds of play on Paqueta. Enough to set the tone for the match.

The two teams made a lot of mistakes, each as clumsy as the next, like that of Thiago Mendes on Tchouameni (8th) or that of De Sciglio on Sofiane Diop (9th). The latter will also come out on injury, injured his ankle by the tackle of the Italian. But there was also a spectacle with the ball in this quarter-final and especially on the side of the Lyonnais. Melvin Bard was illustrated for the first time with a well-repelled strike by the young Radoslaw Majecki (11th). Quite feverish in defense, the Monegasques conceded several opportunities as on this dangerous action from Cornet (13th) or on this strike from Paqueta narrowly diverted by the Polish goalkeeper. The latter was also saved three times, just that, by its amounts in a few minutes. Maxwell Cornet found the post within half an hour of play before Marcelo (33rd) and Caqueret (36th) found the crossbar.

Lyon will be able to bite its fingers

Five minutes, it only took five short minutes to see the game suddenly switch in the second half. Once again, Lyon will have been unlucky and against a team from Monaco, it was not forgiven. On a counter-attack well led by Depay, Maxwell Cornet was going to challenge Majecki alone. The Ivorian striker even opened the scoring, but will be reported offside with the intervention of the VAR for just a few centimeters (49th). A minute later, Sinaly Diomande was guilty of a gross foul on Ballo Touré in the box. The young defender was excluded for foot in the face of the Monegasque left side (50th). The second Lyon exclusion from the match after that of Rudi Garcia at the very start of the meeting. For the penalty, Ben Yedder did not pray and beat Julian Pollersbeck, replacement goalkeeper for Anthony Lopes (0-1, 53rd). The French striker was also not far from the goal of the break, three minutes later, but this time the German goalkeeper won his duel (56th).

At ten against eleven, the Lyonnais retreated a notch and conceded several opportunities. Obviously, faced with the offensive talent of the Monegasques, this has not forgiven. At the hour mark, German striker Kevin Volland sent a closed-angle missile into Pollersbeck’s skylight who, surprised, did not even have time to move (0-2, 61st). Undoubtedly very frustrated by the scenario of the match, the teammates of Memphis Depay were too aggressive with faults and mood swings like the Dutchman who will take a yellow card after a gesture of anger (68th) . Despite three straight entries from Slimani, Aouar and Toko Ekambi, OL will not be able to reverse the match. At the end of a match where they could clearly have regrets after lacking in realism, the Lyonnais bow and therefore will not see the last four of the competition. The Monegasques, them, will discover their opponent this Sunday (Montpellier, PSG or the little thumb Rumilly Vallières) and can dream of a crazy end of the season.

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