AS Monaco delighted their fans on the evening of Saturday, February 5, as they put on a show against Lyon under the lights of the Stade Louis II.
The Stade Louis II was close to full capacity for the reception of Lyon in this regular Ligue 1 fixture. Unsurprisingly, though, most of the noise came from the ‘Ultras Monaco’ end.
Wissam Ben Yedder donned the captain’s armband on this occasion, and wasted very little time in making his mark on the scoreline.
The captain launched a long cross from outside Lyon’s box, and Jean Lucas managed to meet it in front of goal, scoring a sublime header at just the second minute and sending the ultras wild.
The visiting Lyonnais side were shocked by this early strike, but were dealt another at the 27th minute, this time by Ben Yedder himself. The captain pinged the ball off the far post and into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Lyon kept the most possession in the first half, but were kept at bay by an attentive Alexander Nübel in between the Principality’s posts. At the end of an entertaining first half for home supporters, the scoreline stood at 2-0 to Monaco.
Sofiane Diop came close to extending the hosts’ lead in the first few minutes of the second half, but his low shot was just wide of the post. Monaco head coach Philippe Clement breathed new life into the match at the 60th minute by bringing on Vanderson and Wesley Fofana in place of Gelson Martins and Kevin Volland, respectively.
From then on Lyon continued to pursue their first goal, but a determined Axel Disasi held up a strong Monegasque defensive line. The author of the first goal, Lucas was substituted in at the 78th minute for Elliot Motazo.
Bolstered by strong individual performances in each position of the pitch, Monaco managed to hold on to their 2-0 lead until the end of an altogether enjoyable encounter with Lyon.
With that, Monaco sealed a vital win at this point in their 2021/22 Ligue 1 campaign. These three crucial points temporarily propel Monaco to fourth place in the Ligue 1 table, had they lost, the Monegasques would have plummeted to the middle of the table.
Monaco’s next match will be in the quarter-final of the Coupe de France, against Amiens SC on Tuesday, February 8.