Ligue 1: thanks to a double from Depay, Lyon beats Nantes and sticks to the top three

Memphis Depay celebrates his 2nd goal with OL against Nantes, April 18, 2021 at the Beaujoire stadium
Olympique Lyonnais won on the lawn of Nantes (2-1) thanks to a brace from Memphis Depay and returned to one point from Monaco (3rd).

This is a first in the history of Ligue 1. Five days from the end of the championship, four teams stand in three points and can still believe in the title. By winning at the Beaujoire stadium this Sunday evening against Nantes (2-1), in the closing match of the 33rd day of Ligue 1, Lyon (4th) came back to one point from AS Monaco (3rd) and only three points from the Lille leader.

At the end of the season, one of these top four teams will end up disappointed, just off the podium. Neither crowned champion, nor qualified for the next Champions League. And in the current state of things, this team is OL. Aware of occupying this unfavorable 4th place, Rudi Garcia expected his players to let go against Nantes as he explained in a press conference on Thursday: “You have to take all the risks to win. We cannot do calculations. We can’t do it in the position we occupy. “

The start of the canon match for OL players this Sunday evening paradoxically inhibited them thereafter. Launched on the hats of wheel thanks to a goal from Memphis Depay after five minutes of play, the Lyonnais had all the difficulties in the world to line up three assists and maintain a semblance of control in this meeting. For the risks taken, it will therefore be necessary to come back … On the goal of the Dutchman (5th), Lucas Paqueta stood out as he did a good part of the match in a new role of number 10 which suits him perfectly .

Half an hour after the opening of the scoring, it was again Paqueta who served Karl Toko-Ekambi perfectly in depth, the latter causing a penalty. The opportunity for Depay to offer himself a double (37th) and to register his 18th goal of the season. Despite this clear advantage against the 19th in Ligue 1 who is fighting against relegation, OL was therefore scared. By letting Nantes play, the Rhone ended up cracking on a corner, with the reduction of the score of Nicolas Pallois (60th). Before suffering, during the last half hour of the match, the assaults of Nantes.

The Lyon performance this Sunday evening at La Beaujoire reminds us above all that the very convincing match against Angers (3-0) last week remains the exception for OL in 2021. Because since the beginning of the year, the players de Garcia seem unable to put on a good game for 90 minutes. Fortunately for the Lyon fans, Nantes made it easier for OL in the first half due to a glaring defensive naivety which partly explains its relegation status.

But for Garcia, we bet that the essential is elsewhere. After the victories of PSG and Monaco this Sunday, Lyon are getting closer to the top three with their second consecutive victory in Ligue 1, a first since February. The Lille leader is the team that made the bad operation of the weekend with its draw against Montpellier on Friday evening (1-1). A godsend for OL, who can pick up on the level of the Mastiffs when they come to Groupama Stadium next Sunday. To continue dreaming, Garcia and his players know that they will have to beat Lille, then Monaco on the 35th day. But also and above all to regain more control, more consistency while maintaining its effectiveness.

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