Lyon crashes in Reims

The Rhône side tied in injury time thanks to a Kadewere goal and gave up two points in a key game for the lead in Ligue 1.


Lyon is perhaps the most unpredictable team in Ligue 1. They are capable of winning with force in the field of PSG and then losing to Metz or Montpellier at home or not being able to pass this Friday of the tie in the field of Reims. Those of Rudi Garcia can be given with a song in the teeth, since a goal from Kadewere put the tables on the scoreboard in the discount and saved the furniture against a team that struggles not to go down to Ligue 2.

The great novelty of the night and of the game was the ownership of Rayan Cherki. One of the greatest promises of French football this Friday had the responsibility of showing that it could be important in an entire institution like Lyon. He arrived very motivated, since last week he scored a double against Sochaux in the French Cup.

The first half once again exposed Lyon's shortcomings without the ball. The Lyonnais team is a team that has a lot of quality in the center of the field to move the ball from side to side, but it does not have a structure to defend or automation to retract. Reims, with enough little, made several dangerous plays and tested Lopes on different occasions. The clearest was a shot from Boulaye Dia from medium distance that forced the intervention of the Portuguese goalkeeper with difficulties.

The goal for Reims was the maximum exponent that the night was not going to be unfortunate for Lyon. In a play on the right, Mbuku attacked Aouar's back and gave Foket an advantage, who with a great cross found Cafaro and the winger burst the net with a whip on the first touch. Before the break, Lyon's inaccuracies, especially those of Cherki, allowed the hosts to go with an advantage on the scoreboard to the dressing room tunnel.

Rudi's reaction was immediate after the break. Three swings without hesitation and Aouar, Cherki, and De Sciglio left for Caqueret, Kadewere, and Cornet. The changes improved Lyon, who enjoyed two blatant occasions. The first from Paquetá and the second from Memphis Depay, both repelled by a splendid Rajkovic, who is gradually recovering the level that led him to be the goalkeeper with the fewest goals in Europe last season.

As the minutes passed, the nerves settled in Lyon, unable to connect on the inside and forced to always go out on the outside to try to find shots through lateral centers. Rudi's men reached the final stretch with 15 centers attempted and with a single shot, statistics that reflect the few variants of the team with a result against. Cornet had another chance with a mid-range shot, but the omnipresent Rajkovic avoided it with a beautifully made save.

The personality of Memphis Depay in the second half brought Lyon closer to the goal and finished consuming it in the discount. The Dutchman assisted Kadewere with a magnificent cross that the Zambian took advantage of with a header. However, there was no time for more as the goal came just before the final whistle and Lyon further complicated their chances of winning Ligue 1.

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