Ligue 1: Lyon misses the opportunity to get closer to Lille by conceding a draw in Marseille

Boubacar Kamara - Lucas Paqueta
The fight for the title continued at the Stade Vélodrome this Sunday evening to conclude this 27th day with an always eagerly awaited Olympico. The Lyonnais missed the opportunity to return to just one point behind the Lille leader by conceding a draw in Marseille (1-1). The expulsion of Lucas Paqueta in the last twenty minutes, on the other hand, could have been detrimental.

The more the days go by, the more each little point gleaned here and there will be of capital importance in the race for the title. Missed opportunities could also be costly at the time of the final scoring. This Sunday evening, Lyon believed for a long time to lose two points on the lawn of the Vélodrome de Marseille before, finally, to be happy with this draw (1-1) after the expulsion for two yellow cards from Lucas Paqueta (71st) . Outnumbered, OL resisted but can still harbor regrets since it leaves Lille still three points ahead.

This mixed feeling which must trot in all the heads of Lyon lies as much in the avoidable equalization of the Marseillais as in the relaxation of which they were guilty. Marseille returned to the game with a questionable penalty. Pape Gueye’s heavy half volley found Paqueta’s hand in its path, having meanwhile bounced off his chest. Even the video assistance could not find fault and the Pole Arkadiusz Milik transformed him of a perfect opposite. The second goal this season under the Marseille colors of the former Neapolitan.

But OL especially lacked this killer instinct to put an end to any suspense when it had the opportunity. They opened the scoring by taking advantage of the gaping faults of the depopulated Marseille environment. Memphis Depay won between the midfield duo Pape Gueye – Boubacar Kamara and the central defense without being worried to shift Lucas Paqueta. The Brazilian centered and Houssem Aouar cleverly stepped aside to offer the goal to Karl Toko-Ekambi (21st).

The opening of the Lyon score seemed logical as its environment marched on that of OM. Above all, it seemed to herald a complicated game if Nasser Larguet did not solve his team’s problems. The Marseille coach, who should finish his interim Tuesday with the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli, then asked his men to play higher, to press more. But it is precisely in this kind of pattern that the arrows Karl Toko-Ekambi and Tino Kadewere are delighted. The head of Memphis Depay too uncrossed came from one of these situations (37th). In the second half, the Dutchman sent a new thrill with a strike from the left flirting with the post of Steve Mandanda (56th).

Marseille, too, had some opportunities through Florian Thauvin (34th, 38th). They especially had twenty minutes in numerical superiority without taking the opportunity to put the Lyonnais in difficulty. Solid like a precious Thiago Mendes, the Rhone have been able to preserve the essential with this draw. It will be necessary to wait for the 38th day to know if it corresponds to two points conceded, or to a point gleaned.

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