LYON – 2 (Toko-Ekambi 75, Denayer 90)
Julian Pollersbeck, 5 – Not too much to do overall but did make one smart save from Gelson at 0-0.
Léo Dubois, 5
Jérôme Boateng, 6
Jason Denayer, 6
Emerson Palmieri, 6
Maxence Caqueret, 4 – Not the holding midfielder he is being asked to be with Bruno in such good form and needs support behind him to forage in midfield. Although he tried to impose himself on the game, he looked a little flustered at times and lost the ball in some dangerous areas.
Bruno Guimarães, 5
Houssem Aouar, 6 – Continues to look hungry and more present than he has for many months and was involved in some slick interplay around the box throughout but made a terrible decision to shoot on the counter at 0-0 when he had two free men who would have scored.
Xherdan Shaqiri, 3 – Poor again. The lack of space Lyon often suffer with in the attacking third doesn’t suit his game and he again failed to make the most of any of the openings that came his way, especially crossing opportunities.
Karl Toko Ekambi, 7 – Did just about enough for 7 but wasn’t quite as devastating as he has been of late but again enjoyed his freer role and confidently tucked home the opening penalty.
Rayan Cherki, 4 – After a worryingly average year or so his performances off the bench have notably improved of late but, despite one or two flashes of quality, he struggled to get into the game as a lone central striker, a position that doesn’t suit him.
Others: Paquetá 6, Kadewere 5.
MONACO – 0
Alexander Nübel, 6 – Not much he could do about either goal and made two excellent saves, one from an Ekambi header and one from Kadewere at close range.
Ruben Aguilar, 5
Axel Disasi, 2 – Nervy at times, once booting the ball out when under only moderate pressure, and made a ludicrously rash tackle to concede the penalty for 1-0, effectively losing his team what was a fairly close game until that point.
Benoît Badiashile, 5
Caio Henrique, 6 – No issues from Shaqiri and Dubois and his passing proved productive at times while providing his usual presence going forward where possible.
Youssouf Fofana, 5 – A typically erratic display. The more forward thinking role in midfield suits his ability to win possession and barrel forwards on the counter but he’s exposed when pressed. Plus, he was very slow to react to Emerson’s run and cross that set up the second.
Eliot Matazo, 4
Jean Lucas, 4 – Busy in midfield and, typically for him, had some good ideas in possession but repeatedly lacked the quality to execute effectively.
Gelson Martins, 5
Kevin Volland, 4
Wissam Ben Yedder, 3 – Unable to impact the game meaningfully and wasted the handful of good chances to create that came his way.
Others: Boadu 4, Akliouche 5, Lemaréchal 5, Jakobs 5.