France / Ligue 1: Karl Toko Ekambi releases a new XXL service with Lyon
France / Ligue 1: Karl Toko Ekambi releases a new XXL service with Lyon
At the end of a rather controlled match, OL won without trembling (3-1) thanks in particular to a double from Toko Ekambi. Rudi Garcia’s men return to two lengths of PSG in the standings.
On the occasion of the thirteenth day of Ligue 1, FC Metz hosted Olympique Lyonnais in Saint-Symphorien. Trapped last weekend at home by Stade Brestois (0-2), the Grenats wanted to pay the scalp of a Lyon team in excellent health and victorious at Stade de Reims (3-0) last Sunday. For this 9 pm poster, Frédéric Antonetti lined up a 4-3-3 with the trio Boulaya, Nguette, Ambrose in attack. Rudi Garcia also opted for a 4-3-3 with the starts in particular of Houssem Aouar and Mattia De Sciglio.
The meeting started on a good basis and from the fifth, Houssem Aouar tried his luck from afar but could not find the frame. OL were surprised a minute later by Nguette who encrusted in the area and hit Marcelo in the area. The referee indicated the penalty spot. Boulaya set off but saw his attempt captured by Lopes (7th). A turning point in this meeting, since Lyon opened the scoring ten minutes later. Well shifted to the right, Toko Ekambi distilled an excellent center for Depay who with a tight shot adjusted Oukidja (0-1, 17th).
Toko Ekambi in all the right ways
Just before the break, Rudi Garcia’s men got a good opportunity with Aouar in the maneuver which alerted Depay whose strike was captured by Oukidja (38th). Two minutes later, Marcelo on a corner rose higher than everyone but saw the frame give way (41st). On the return from the locker room, OL grazed the correctional with Nguette launched in the back of the Lyon defense but Cornet intervened well in the area (46th). On the counter, Olympique Lyonnais doubled the bet. Depay alerted Kadewere who handed over for Aouar. The French midfielder shifted Toko Ekambi into the box, whose strike left no chance for Oukidja (0-2, 47th). In good spirits tonight, Rudi Garcia’s men delivered the coup de grace. On a recovered ball,
Dominators in all areas of the game, the Lyonnais played in a chair with their three goals ahead. In the last quarter of an hour, FC Metz tried to react. Boulaya fired a nice long shot repelled by Lopes (74th). Two minutes later, the Garnets reduced the score. On the right, Nguette overflowed and centered at the penalty spot for Boulaya who adjusted Lopes (1-3, 76th). A goal that woke up FC Metz and Kouyaté saw his head deflected for a corner by Lopes (77th). Three minutes later, Olympique Lyonnais thought to seal the fate of the match but Toko Ekambi’s enveloped strike hit the crossbar (80th). The end of the match was tough for Messins with the expulsion of Boye (87th). Thanks to this seventh success of the season, Olympique Lyonnais
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Man of the match: Toko Ekambi (7.5) : tenured on the left of the Lyon attack, the Cameroonian international is still as dangerous for the opposing defenses by his quality in the percussion in particular. Decisive passer on an excellent center for Depay (0-1, 17th). Elusive, his speed caused a lot of trouble for the Metz defense. He takes advantage of an offering from Aouar to score Lyon’s second goal with a nice taut shot (0-2, 47th). In offensive verve, the Lyon striker takes advantage of a caviar from Paqueta to afford a double (0-3, 60th). His superb wrapped shot hit the crossbar at the end of the match (80th). Another excellent copy made by the Indomitable Lion this evening.
Oukidja (3.5): the former goalkeeper of RC Strasbourg can not do much on the opening of the score of Memphis whose unstoppable shot ended his race in the small right net (17th). Author of a beautiful parade of the foot on an attempt at Aouar (37th), he can however only note the damage on the missile sent by Toko Ekambi (47th). This same Cameroonian striker against whom he gave in again at the hour mark (60th). Saved by his amounts ten minutes from the end, he also prevented Cherki from scoring the visitors’ 4th goal, but was injured following the collision with the young Lyon.
Centonze (3.5): like Bronn, the former right side of RC Lens had a very complicated meeting on the defensive level, often caught in his back by a well-legged Aouar tonight. His placement on Toko Ekambi’s goal leaves something to be desired (47th). Offensively more interesting, he did not hesitate to carry the ball and to combine with his partners, in particular Boulaya, or even Maïga with whom he gave some scares to the Lyon defenders (25th).
Bronn (3): the 25-year-old Tunisian central defender has often found himself in difficulties when he had to face the opposing offensives, often taken behind his back by Aouar (12th). Its positioning on Lyon’s second goal is not without reproach. He nevertheless prevented Rudi Garcia’s players from registering a 3rd goal by quickly throwing himself to the ground in front of Memphis (58th)
Boye (4.5): the former Ghanaian defender of Stade Rennais, now assigned the status of veteran in this defense, quickly distinguished himself in this meeting by giving of his person to prevent the opening of the Lyon score (5th) . Once again author of two decisive interventions in front of a Kadewere ready to push the leather into the net (40th, then in front of a very leggy Toko Ekambi (43rd). But he could not do everything tonight against very insistent Lyonnais Without a doubt the best Metz this evening, a good performance, however tarnished by his exclusion, a little harsh.
Delaine (3.5): the French left side trained in Lens left too much space in his lane this evening. Toko Ekambi took the opportunity to serve Memphis on the Dutchman’s opening scoring. An almost similar situation on the second goal of Gones, where Memphis took him in speed behind his back (47th). Offensively, he nevertheless participated in the game of his family, obtaining some great opportunities for centers.
Maïga (4): overwhelmed by the intensity that the Lyonnais put on throughout the meeting, the boss of the Metz midfielder this season, courted by OM for next season, however made his talk. pass and percussion quality. He did not, however, balk at pressing the Lyon block to prevent the score from worsening further. His powerful strike forced Lopes to work hard (73rd).
Sarr (3.5): the very young Senegalese midfielder had a mixed first act. Offensively full of good intentions, however, he struggled to contain the Gones midfielder who overall emerged victorious from the battle at the heart of the game. Replaced at half-time by Tchimbembé (3.5) that we have as much as Sarr, namely very little. The former Troyes midfielder spent more time undergoing the many Lyon offensives than touching the leather in 45 minutes.
Angban (3.5): like the entire midfielder of FC Metz, the 24-year-old Ivorian failed to gain the upper hand over an inspired Lyon trio tonight. Too little in sight, he did not have the expected impact on the meeting, despite his enticing success rate (97.9%). Replaced in the 63rd by Kouyaté who saved his team from the 4th goal on a very vicious incoming corner (70th). His header also forced Lopes to work and release a nice tap (77th).
Boulaya (4.5): a most frustrating match for the Algerian attacking midfielder who quickly had the opportunity to give his team the advantage on the penalty spot, but fell on a once again inspired Lopes (7th). His defensive efforts left something to be desired, like Antonetti who criticized him throughout the first period. His offensive work was much better and ended up paying a quarter of an hour from the end on a dry strike that left no chance for Lopes (76th).
Nguette (5): while his team suffered and had not seen the leather in six minutes of play, the Senegalese striker quickly infiltrated the Lyon defense and obtained a penalty on the first foray of Messins (6th). Voluntary and not stingy with efforts, thanks to his technique he was the main initiator of the big opportunities in Metz, and was finally rewarded with fifteen minutes from the end by serving Boulaya perfectly, who reduced the gap (76th). The best offensive element in Metz tonight.
Ambrose (3): a very complicated first period for the French striker, little in sight in the first act, with only one duel won out of eight possible. His only acrobatic attempt against the Portuguese doorman did not lead to anything (36th). Replaced at half-time by Leya Iseka (4) who had to wait until the 67th minute of play to touch the leather of the head, without being dangerous.
Lopes (6.5): the Lyon goalkeeper saves his team from the start of the match by stopping Boulaya’s penalty (7th). The Portuguese international intervenes wisely on a beautiful strike from Boulaya (74th). He can not do anything on the reduction of Boulaya’s score (1-3, 76th). Imperial on a beautiful header from Kouyaté (77th).
De Sciglio (5.5): the Italian international was waiting to seize an opportunity to demonstrate his qualities to his coach. Established tonight in the right lane, the player who belongs to Juventus was distinguished by his seriousness. Very applied defensively, he was rarely caught in default this evening. Has granted himself a few climbs in his hallway that deserved a better fate. Replaced in the 63rd by Dubois who did not have much to do this evening.
Marcelo (5.5): the Brazilian central defender’s start to the match was anything but ideal. The interested party causes the penalty by hitting Nguette (6th). The number six Lyon makes up for it well by saving his family by a nice intervention on a center of Centonze (25th). Gets caught behind his back on a nice Metz opening for Nguette (46th). Not exempt from all reproach on the center of Nguette which causes the reduction of Boulaya’s score (1-3, 73rd).
Denayer (5.5): the Belgian international brings serenity to his defense. Often well placed, the Red Devil applied himself in his raises and made some nice interventions in his area. The Belgian defender is caught on the center of Nguette who brings the goal of Boulaya (1-3, 76th).
Cornet (5.5): the Lyon left side stood out with good defensive interventions this evening as against Centonze (35th). It is he who saves his team by intervening firmly in front of Nguette in the area (46th). The number 27 was sometimes caught out by Nguette as on the reduction of Boulaya’s score (1-3, 73rd). The former Messin did not have the leisure to project himself offensively tonight.
Paqueta (7): the Brazilian midfielder works a lot in the heart of the game and is essential for his team. The former Milanese recovered a significant number of balls in the midfield. The person concerned never balks at defensive tasks and swallows the kilometers. Decisive passer on the third goal scored by Toko Ekambi (0-3, 60th). The international Auriverde did not hesitate to project and gave a glimpse of good technical provisions. A beautiful score recited this evening by the main protagonist. He could have turned into a decisive passer on Cherki’s strike (90 + 2).
Guimaraes (5.5): the Brazilian midfielder did not necessarily shine with his virtuosity tonight. If the international Auriverde was applied in his initiatives, he was eclipsed by the incredible performance in the midfield of his partner Lucas Paqueta. Rather discreet in the second act, his match will not leave an unforgettable memory. Replaced in the 82nd by Diomandé
Aouar (6.5): started this evening by Rudi Garcia after being sidelined against Reims, the Lyon midfielder quickly stood out with a shot off target (5th). Very often at the origin of the offensive movements of his team, the number eight Rhone could have turned into a decisive passer on the attempt of Depay (41st). The person who stood out for his technical ease is a decisive passer on the second goal scored by Toko Ekambi (0-2, 47th). He wanted to redeem himself after his shelving, the bet is won tonight. Replaced in the 63rd by Caqueret who did not have too much influence on the events.
Kadewere (6): the former Le Havre is clearly settling in the eleven shaped by Rudi Garcia. Always so active in his lane, the Zimbabwean striker is always available for his partners. His technical relationship with Depay and Toko Ekambi remains interesting. Involved in the second Lyon goal from Toko Ekambi (0-2, 47th). Unfortunately for the Zimbabwe international he didn’t score tonight. Replaced in the 63rd by Dembélé who did not have much to eat when he came into play.
Depay (6.5): the Lyon captain was very dangerous in the first act by being in all the right moves. The Dutch international takes advantage of an excellent center from Toko Ekambi to open the scoring with a tense strike (0-1, 17th). Very enterprising this evening, the number ten Rhone was a constant danger for the defense of Metz this evening. His clever heel led to Lyon’s second goal (0-2, 47th). Dull at the end of the match, he did not always make the right choices. Replaced in the 79th by Cherki who tried to keep the ball and missed a great opportunity (90 + 2). Expelled for having let his foot drag on Oukidja (90 + 3).
Toko Ekambi (7.5): see above.