Skipper Fekir Converts 95th Min Free Kick To Lead Lyon To Victory Over Monaco
Skipper Nabil Fekir’s brilliant free-kick in stoppage time on Friday lifted Lyon to a 3-2 home victory over defending champions Monaco, who dropped more points with their second straight winless Ligue 1 match.
Monaco, in hope of fighting back to the winning track following their 1-1 tie against Montpellier, rested their top scorer Radamel Falcao coming back from midweek’s World Cup qualifiers, and handed Keita Balde his first start since joining from Lazio during the offseason.
After seeing back-to-back 3-3 ties in last two rounds, Lyon broke the deadlock in the 11th minute, as new recruit Mariano Diaz swept it home at the back post, before that was cancelled by Rony Lopes’ goal set up by Balde six minutes later.
Fekir put the hosts in front again in the 23rd minute, only to see no response from Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. However, Monaco managed to get back to the same starting line as Adama Traore hit the target on 34 minutes.
Fekir finally shone with his free-kick feat five minutes into injury time, leaving a helpless Subasic.
Lyon provisionally moved up to the third position, while for lackluster Monaco following their several key players’ departure this summer, a six-point gap from Paris Saint-Germain was expected if the current leaders won at Dijon on Saturday.
PSG will miss several players on the Dijon trip following their international actions, including Edinson Cavani, Layvin Kurzawa, Thiago Motta, Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti.