The match at the Stade Velodrome began with the visitors attacking, as was planned. With Karl Toko Ekambi’s goal, they proved their supremacy. The Cameroonian got a pass from Lucas Paqueta and beat Steve Mandanda with a precise shot into the long corner. The seasoned goalkeeper didn’t have to do anything.
Paqueta stopped the ball in the penalty area just before the break. The Brazilian even showed the referee the ball mark on his body near his stomach, but the arbiter refused to budge and insisted on the eleven.
Milik took a step up to the ball, which shocked me at first. When the Pole sent the ball into the right corner of the goal and goalkeeper Anthony Lopes into the left corner, there was no doubt.
The speed of play at the Stade Velodrome slowed noticeably in the second half of the game. Memphis Depay offered one of the better scoring chances. The Dutchman broke away from defenders in the 56th minute of the game and fired a shot at Mandanda’s target.
The ball, however, narrowly missed the post. Paqueta was issued a second yellow card 20 minutes before the end of normal time. Even though the former AC Milan player had to leave the field, the hosts’ condition did not change.
Marseille had a good chance to win the game, but breaking through Lyon’s tight defense was difficult.
The next round of Ligue 1 will be played on Wednesday, with Marseille hosting Lille, the league leaders. Lyon, on the other hand, will face Rennes in a matchup.