Ikoné steps off bench to salvage point
LOSC collected their first Champions League point as substitute Jonathan Ikoné equalised in stoppage time at home to ten-man Valencia.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
UEFA Champions League Group H
LOSC boss Christophe Galtier went with a 3-4-2-1 system that relegated Jonathan Bamba and Ikoné to the bench. After Luiz Araujo had a first attempt for LOSC, visiting forward Kevin Gameiro - the French international - forced the first save from Mike Maignan.
Victor Osimhen failed to get an attempt on target and then in the 40th minute Yusuf Yazici curled a magnificent shot against the crossbar as LOSC were unlucky. Soon after, Valencia enjoyed a let-off as no handball was given against Jaume Costa.
Valencia took the lead (63') when Gameiro escaped down the right and centred for Denis Cheryshev to finish against the run of play. LOSC had chances to equalise and sub Loïc Rémy missed the target from close range (74') before two yellow cards in quick succession saw former Lyon defender Mouctar Diakhaby dismissed.
LOSC managed to take advantage (90+5') as Ikoné skillfully latched onto Benjamin André's knockdown and thwacked a shot into the roof of the net for a deserved equaliser and a first point in the group.
THE PLAYER: Jonathan Ikoné
Dropped after some indifferent displays, the way the French international played after coming on in the 65th minute showed he wanted to prove a point to Galtier. Ikoné was the prime figure in LOSC's fightback from falling behind and scored a brilliant equaliser.
THE STAT: 1
LOSC have won only one of their last nine Champions League matches, drawing against Valencia and losing the other seven.