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PLAYER RATINGS | Lorient 1-4 Lyon, a skilful and fluid OL prove far too good for strugglers FCL

Ligue 1 21/22, Round 27 – 4/3/22

LORIENT – 1 (Moffi 57)

Matthieu Dreyer, 3

Houboulang Mendes, 2

Moritz Jenz, 3

Léo Pétrot, 4

Vincent Le Goff, 2 – Usually a consistent, committed and professional performer, here he was slow, repeatedly loose positionally and static throughout, especially in attempting to handle Faivre. Completely, and unusually, outplayed.

Laurent Abergel, 3

Bonke Innocent, 3

Thomas Monconduit, 3

Armand Lauriente, 6 – One of the few Lorient players to show they had the quality to compete with Lyon directly. Although he was often isolated, his skill, pace and vision was a threat when given a chance.

Dango Ouattara, 3

Terem Moffi, 6 – His most confident and positive display for five months as he sporadically put OL’s centre-backs under pressure. He did brilliantly in juggling the ball while outmuscling Mendes late in the first half, only to be halted by Lopes, before he reduced the gap via a close-range far-post header.

Others: Morel 5, Le Fee 5, Boisgard 5, Soumano 5, Kone 5.

LYON – 4 (Faivre 5, 78, Dembele 26, Toko-Ekambi 78)

Anthony Lopes, 6

Malo Gusto, 5

Castello Lukeba, 6

Thiago Mendes, 5

Emerson Palmieri, 6

Maxence Caqueret, 6

Houssem Aouar, 6

Romain Faivre, 8 – Magical at times with his graceful slight of foot and effortless touch which repeatedly hoodwinked defenders. He might have had more goal contributions, cutting in from the right to pick his passes, but will settle for a low first-time effort for the opener and nonchalantly dinking Dreyer for 4-1.

Karl Toko Ekambi, 8 – Scored one and was involved in the other three. His astute passing broke lines all game and his direct style was always a threat for Lorient. A jinking run and exchange of passes with Dembélé made for a brilliant third, poor goalkeeping aside.

Lucas Paquetá, 7

Moussa Dembélé, 8 – He wonderfully finished off the move for 2-0 with a balletic spinning backheel and played the perfect number nine role throughout, holding up the ball and bringing others into play. His cute assist for Toko-Ekambi’s third was a delight.

Others: Boateng 5, Henrique 5, Kadewere 5, Reine-Adélaïde 5.

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