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In the Europa League (C3), Olympique Lyonnais won this Thursday 0-2 in Glasgow while Monaco won 1-0 against Sturm Graz. OM, meanwhile, let slip two points on the lawn of Lokomotiv Moscow by conceding a 1-1 draw in the final moments. In the Europa League Conference (C4), Stade Rennais earned a draw (2-2) at home to Tottenham.
Lyon started its journey well in Europa League by going to beat Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox Park on Thursday 16 September. Karl Toko Ekambi opened the scoring for the Gones with a beautiful curling strike (23e) and Islam Slimani, opportunist, made the break after a good collective action started by Houssem Aouar (56e).
As for AS Monaco, the club won its first Europa League match this season, against Sturm Graz at the Stade Louis-II (1-0) on Thursday, thanks to a goal from its Senegalese striker Krepin Diatta.
In a hung match, the light came from a beautiful collective action, Diatta concluding with a poked header a cross from the substitute Golovin (66e). Ljubic had almost opened the scoring for Graz just before half-time but the crossbar decided otherwise.
OM spoils in Moscow
For its part, Marseille almost started their Europa League campaign with a victory, but was joined in the 89th minute by Lokomotiv Moscow (1-1). Dominant, rather attractive but really ineffective in front of the opponent’s goal, OM dropped two points in their first match in Group E.
OM, serious and well organized, should have won thanks to a penalty from its Turkish striker, Cengiz Ünder (59e). But the Russians, reduced to ten by the exclusion of Nair Tiknizyan, author of a foul on Ünder, managed to equalize against the course of the game on a nice shot from their midfielder Tino Anjorin (89e).
Rennes got off to a decent start in the Europa League Conference with a 2-2 draw against overwhelming favourites Tottenham in the first group match on Thursday 16 September at Roazhon Park.
Finalist of the Champions League in 2019, Tottenham was however without many managers, injured or spared. Captain Harry Kane came off early in the second half.
In the first half, challenged by Lucas Moura, launched in the depth by Harry Kane, Loïc Badé deceived his goalkeeper Romain Salin by deflecting the center of the former Parisian winger (0-1, 11e).
Pushed by more than 21,000 fans and carried by rampant midfielders, the Rennes then released the brakes. And quickly, Flavien Tait leaned on Guirassy to unleash a strike from the right after a very nice collective movement (1-1, 23e).
In the 71st minute, Rennes took the lead with Gaëtan Laborde, the former Montpellier scoring his first goal in Red and Black (2-1). But a few minutes later, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg took advantage of a badly deflected cross by Tait to allow his team to bring back a point from this first trip (2-2, 75e).