Golovin again flew beyond the Champions League. His team will not even play in the classification
Kirill Zakatchenko May 20, 2023 00:05 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Monaco have missed their last chances to be in the top 3 of Ligue 1.
Monaco held an away match for matchday 36 of Ligue 1 with Lyon. Alexander Golovin’s team still retained mathematical chances for the Champions League, but in the event of a defeat, it would definitely not have risen above the fourth line of the table.
The beginning of the match turned out to be very vigorous. It only took 15 seconds, as the referee signaled the “point”. Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes brought down Wissam Ben Yedder who stormed into the hosts’ box. The victim himself went up to the ball and hit it exactly in the right corner of himself, and the goalkeeper jumped on the opponent. Incidentally, Ben Yedder snapped a five-game scoreless streak. He still leads the list of Monaco’s best scorers (18 goals).
Such an unsuccessful start did not hit Lyon at all. The locals had more possession of the ball before the break and created several dangerous chances. Somewhere Monaco was saved by goalkeeper Alexander Nyubel, somewhere Lyon players lacked precision. And in one of the episodes, the Monaco defender Wanderson knocked out the ball from under the opponent’s feet at the last moment.
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Golovin broke the rules mainly in the first half. First, he filled Sael Kumbedi in midfield, and in the 31st minute he came late and hit Nicolás Tagliafico hard. The referee gave the Russian a yellow card, and did not even dispute such a decision by Benoit Millau.
Lyon recovered at the end of the first half. Bradley Barcola got away from Kayu Enrique and crossed over Alexandre Lacazette. The defenders could not hold the attacker, who sent the ball into touch below Nubel. Lacazette scored his 26th goal of the season, catching up with PSG striker Kylian Mbappe on the Ligue 1 top scorer list.
Alexandre Lacazette (centre) scored the 26th goal of the season
Golovin reminded himself at the beginning of the second half, but Lopes mirrored the Russian’s biting blow. In fairness, it should be said that Alexander did not hit the corner, leaving the goalkeeper with a chance to save. But Lyon took advantage of their moment. Apparently Zinedine Zidane himself moved on to Ryan Sherkey. The Lyon footballer deftly knocked out the defender with the help of the Marseille roulette, but Nubel managed to cope with his blow. True, the first to finish was Maxence Kaquere, who sent the ball to the goal.
By the way, Sherki did it too, but he did it in 20 minutes. He easily left Enrique and fired into the far corner: the ball bounced off the bar and flew toward the pile. In fact, this goal finally “nailed” the Monegasques. Monaco remains in fourth place, but seven points behind Marseille. It is impossible to recover such a difference in two games, so the Monegasques will not play in the Champions League next season. Unfortunately, next season we will not see Golovin in the most prestigious club tournament in Europe. Unless, of course, he changes clubs.
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