Karl Toko Ekambi was on target twice as a stunning first-half scoring burst helped Olympique Lyonnais to a 4-1 victory over AS Monaco at the Groupama Stadium on Sunday that left them sixth in the table.
Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 AS Monaco
Lyon will feel this has been coming. A week after a 3-2 win away at RC Strasbourg Alsace, Rudi Garcia’s side went ahead early on here as Houssem Aouar set up skipper Memphis Depay to fire home (11’).
OL then killed off this game by scoring three times in the space of 11 minutes in the lead-up to half-time, with Tino Kadewere providing the assist for Toko Ekambi to make it 2-0 (33’). Aouar then made it three from the penalty spot after Toko Ekambi had been fouled in the box (40’), and the latter got his second and Lyon’s fourth goal two minutes before half-time to leave Monaco stunned.
The visitors did pull one back from the penalty spot just after the break through Wissam Ben Yedder, but there was to be no fightback from Niko Kovac’s side. Indeed Lyon could have scored more goals, with substitute Mattia De Sciglio hitting the post late on.
The home side ended the game with 10 men as another substitute, Melvin Bard, was shown a red card for a high foot two minutes from time, but this was a fine evening for Lyon. Unbeaten in five games now, and with back-to-back wins for the first time this season, they are up to sixth and sit five points behind LOSC in second before travelling to Lille next weekend. Monaco, in contrast, have won just once in five now and lie in the bottom half.
THE PLAYER: Karl Toko Ekambi
It was an especially fine night for the Cameroon international forward who scored two goals and won the penalty converted by Houssem Aouar in the first half. Already scorer of a brace last weekend at Strasbourg, Toko Ekambi now has four goals in his last two Ligue 1 Uber Eats games, after scoring twice in his first 13 appearances for OL. Four of his last five shots have gone in.
THE STAT: 8
Memphis Depay has been involved in eight goals in Ligue 1 this season, scoring five and setting up three more. That is at least four more than any other Lyon player. He has had 24 shots this season, more than anyone else in the top flight.