Montpellier vs Lyon (2-1): Lyon, without a Memphis Depay in the starting line-up pending his possible signing for Barca, conceded their first defeat of the season (2-1) against Montpellier in a postponed match on the first day of Ligue 1. The semi-finalist of The last Champions League had the opportunity to join the trio of teams (Rennes, Monaco, and Lille) that lead the table with 7 points out of 9 possible, but only after entering the field did their Dutch captain have options not to leave the Stade de la Mosson.
The start of the game was rough, with hard tackles on both sides, which recalled the tough classic on Sunday between PSG and Marseille, but gradually electric football, continuously going back and forth, was prevailing in the first half.
Lyon hit the starting post
Lyon was able to open the scoring in minute 4 on a cross from Maxwell Cornet after entering the left of the area, which Toko Ekambi deflected to the post. Olympique tried to slow down the game by controlling the ball in order to give a truce to a match that was broken at times but escaped the goal before half an hour. Arnaud Souquet hung a cross from the right and, although Anthony Lopes rejected Andy Delort’s header, he missed a sung goal by sending his second full-goal shot for him (25 ‘).
Savanier scores a penalty to Panenka and red to Aouar
Finally, Montpellier went ahead with a penalty thrown masterfully in a Panenka style by Teji Savanier after being pushed from behind in a jump by Leo Dubois (38 ‘). Before the break, Lyon was left without the quality of Houssem Aouar, its captain and the player who was trying to put an order in a crazy game, when he saw the direct red, at the request of the VAR, for an unnecessary tackle on Souquet when he was available to clear the ball from the baseline (44 ‘).
Depay enters but Savanier makes it 2-0
After the break, Rudi Garcia, Lyon coach, began to move pieces in the 55th minute with a double change. Memphis Depay entered for Tino Kadewere and, with freedom throughout the attack front, gave another air to his team after conceding 2-0 shortly after. It was a great goal from Savanier, who sealed his double after controlling a cross from the left by Mihailo Ristic with his right and shot with his left foot against the passivity of the visiting defense (59 ‘).
The Dutchman scored a penalty but not enough
Depay led the reaction of Lyon, who was able to close the gap in two consecutive corners. The first was thrown by Depay and goalkeeper Jonas Omlin took Marcelo’s header and in the second the header of the other central Joachim Andersen was narrowly missed (69 ‘).
Omlin also showed off to deflect Depay’s whiplash from a free-kick (73 ‘) near the post. The Dutchman did score by transforming a penalty decreed at the request of the VAR for a tackle with his foot up on Ryan Cherki that also cost Hilton a direct red (82 ‘).
The game, although not on the scoreboard, was equalized on the field with ten players per side and Lyon locked Montpellier in their area, but his set-pieces and Depay’s class were not enough to scratch a point in the stadium of the Mosson.