Uninspired then unhappy in the face of an arbitration decision, Lyon lets go of his chair

Like Karl Toko Ekambi, Tino Kadewere is struggling to launch his year 2021. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK – AFP
  • After an impressive series of 16 games without defeat in Ligue 1, OL lost this Sunday to everyone’s surprise against FC Metz (0-1).
  • Despite 23 attempts (only 5 on target), the Lyonnais remained silent and let go of their chair, now two points behind the PSG-Losc tandem.
  • One of the turning points in the defeat came in the 74th minute (0-0), when Karl Toko Ekambi’s goal was severely denied for an offside position by Houssem Aouar.

At the OL Park,

When an OL meeting is slow to get carried away, nothing like a poorly mastered Anthony Lopes exit (the most famous pleonasm in Ligue 1) to act as a detonator. Not sanctioned against Vagner Dias (25th), the Portuguese goalkeeper symbolized this Sunday the feverishness of Lyonnais who failed to remain leaders in the championship, by losing against FC Metz (0-1). A surprising stop after 16 unbeaten games.

A stalled dynamic

The contrast with the total confidence displayed in the first leg in Lorraine (1-3) only six weeks ago was obvious for OL. Unable to impose real pressure for 45 minutes, despite the valuable activity of Maxence Caqueret, the Lyonnais thus allowed the Messins to glimpse a huge blow. Between two posts for Farid Boulaya (42nd) and Pape Sarr (89th), Lyon has multiplied the fears. Even if the stranglehold on the meeting of Rudi Garcia’s players was more obvious after the break (5 shots on target out of 23 in total), Aaron Leya Iseka’s goal (0-1, 90th) cannot be seen as a hold-up. absolute up. And OL, now 3rd, find themselves two lengths behind the solid PSG-Losc tandem.

End of the state of grace for Toko Ekambi and Kadewere

From mid-October to Christmas, Karl Toko Ekambi and Tino Kadewere have accumulated an incredible total of 16 goals and 8 assists in Ligue 1. The two attacking friends of Memphis Depay are for the moment silent in 2021. Touched by the Covid-19 on the restart, Karl Toko Ekambi in particular wasted three opportunities in four minutes before the break this Sunday (35th, 37th, 39th), the last of which concluded from a recovery in the middle of the surface in the south turn. (37th). At his side, the former Le Havre is also in the hard, like an equally imprecise finish against Alexandre Oukidja (43rd, 52nd). As it was not the evening of OL, even rookie Islam Slimani went there from his failed duel with Alexandre Oukidja at 0-0 for his first (82nd).

OL may consider themselves aggrieved

At 0-0, Karl Toko Ekambi still ended up unblocking the match (74th) by concluding an action initiated by Memphis Depay and Thiago Mendes. But after several minutes of waiting, the VAR ended up canceling this decisive goal because of a very severe offside from Houssem Aouar, who did not really make play action immediately. What if Lyon supporters still evoke this arbitration decision in four months?

Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.

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