This match interested me a lot in that it is a rare occasion in which two Zimbabwean players have met in a top European league game. Lyon’s win here sees last season’s champions league semi finalist just two points off top spot team PSG. PSG themselves lost two points in another surprising result against Bordeaux. I will touch on them in a bit.
Lyon started with a 4-3-3 spearheaded by Zim’s Kadewere, Dutchman Depay and Cameroonian Ekambi. It was Ekambi and Cafaro for Lyon and Reims with the best chances squandered earlier on. Ekambi atoned for his miss with a side foot volley from a Memphis cross on 22 minutes for 1-0 Lyon. Not long afterwards Kadewere was quickest to a loose ball but only found the bottom post of Stade De Reims. On 32 minutes the game was effectively finished. A wayward pass by Zimbabwe’s Munetsi went straight to Memphis who promptly went on his bike. Munetsi’s teammate Cassama was left with no choice but to take down the Ex Man United man. Referee did not need VAR to know that was Cassama’s last piece of the action. Cannot blame Cassama for the professional foul, that effectively saved a goal. Munetsi had put his teammate in a tight spot.
Bruno scored just four minutes after the break for 2-0 Lyon with a deflected shot off Munetsi outside the box after more good work from Ekambi. It was not the ex Orlando Pirates man’s day.The Cameroonian’s hold up play is superb. Moussa Dembele formerly of Celtic put the proverbial icing on a cake for Lyon with a chip finish after coming on as a sub for Kadewere. Ekambi with the defence splitting pass. No prizes for guessing who has my man of the match for this one.
I mentioned the loss of form of PSG earlier. I have put it down to two things. That Champions League loss in August means there is pressure to go one better this term. This means the league form might suffer as priorities for Thomas Tuchel may be shifting. Secondly they have moved on close to 12 players in the summer so basically they now have a new team which may take time for them to gel.