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Stunning against Prague (3-4), Thursday, the Lyonnais continue their faultless in the Europa League while the Monegasques seize first place in Group B after their success against PSV Eindhoven (2-1). On the other hand, OM still can not do it and conceded another draw (0-0) against Lazio Rome in a match marred by racist cries.
Olympique Lyonnais, led by Toko-Ekambi and Paqueta, toppled Sparta Prague on Thursday, October 21, on the 3rd matchday of Europa League. As in Lyon’s victory over Monaco on the final day of Ligue 1, Lucas Paqueta, on the bench in the first half, transformed the game of an OL that won 4-3 in Prague, while leading 2-1 at the break.
At the origin of the equalizer Lyon on a goal of Houssem Aouar (53e), Paqueta then flaunted his talent to give the advantage to his (67e). Prague had led 2-0 after 20 minutes thanks to a double from Lukas Haraslin.
The other man of the match, Toko Ekambi, reduced the margin shortly before the break (42e) and gave his side air late in the game (88e), scoring his 5th goal in the Europa League this season. This success, the third in as many meetings, allows the Lyonnais to take a comfortable lead at the top of Group A, relegating Sparta (2nd) by 5 lengths.
Sometimes dominant in the first half but clumsy in the finish, and suffering in the second act, the Marseille have still not managed to win this season in Europe and remain third in Group E.
At the end of the match, OM spoke in a statement of “presumptions of racist cries” against its players in the Olympic Stadium in Rome, explaining that it reserves “the right to file a complaint in the event that UEFA comes to confirm these serious accusations”.
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Rennes victorious in C4
For its part, Monaco took the lead of its group thanks to a success (2-1) clinched against PSV Eindhoven. The Monegasques opened the scoring through Myron Boadu (20e) before being joined by Cody Gakpo (59e). But a goal by Diop in the end of the match (89e) allowed Niko Kovac’s men to offer themselves a second European success, synonymous with first place, two points behind Real Sociedad.
In the other matches, Napoli (Group C), recently beaten at home by Spartak Moscow, recovered well by beating Legia Warsaw 3-0. In Group H, England’s West Ham continued their unbeaten run by beating Belgium’s Genk 3-0.
In the Europa League, Rennes also took the lead of their group after their victory against Slovenes NS Mura (2-1). The Rennais, thanks to the achievements of Serhou Guirassy on penalty (16e) and the top scorer of L1, Gaetan Laborde (41e), find themselves alone at the top of group G after Tottenham’s surprise defeat against Vitesse Arnehm (1-0).
The other surprise of the day came in Group C, with the heavy 6-1 defeat of Mourinho’s Roma, who had fielded a revamped team, against the Norwegians of Bodo Glimt.