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Tops / Flops Saint-Etienne-Lyon: The evening of Aouar, Lopes saw red

Aouar’s decisive goal, Khazri’s efforts, but also the first red collected by Lopes in Ligue 1: find the Tops and Flops of the editorial staff at the end of this derby between Saint-Etienne and Lyon (1-1 ).


Aouar chose his match well
He had timidly started his season, but this derby may be the start of it for good. Like a Fekir a few seasons ago, the OL midfielder has long believed to be the hero of his training club on the lawn of Geoffroy-Guichard. Positioned behind Paqueta, it has moved a lot to offer short stints to its partners. Above all, he tested Green for a long time with no less than 5 shots before finding the fault on the 6th with a nice shot in the box (42nd). A goal that has long put his team on the right track.

Khazri rewarded for his efforts
What efforts made by Wahbi Khazri in this derby. Beginner in point, the Stéphanois striker was the author of many calls within the opposing defense. It was he who lit the first fuse with a head butt on the post (10th). Constantly pressing, he got the reward for his efforts with a converted penalty in the 95th minute. Allowing St Etienne to avoid leaving with a new defeat against Lyon.

SEE ALSO – Wahbi Khazri’s top 5 goals with Saint-Etienne

Paqueta, a new role that suits him well
Positioned in false nine during this derby, as in the Europa League three days ago, Lucas Paqueta was still efficient. The Brazilian strolled across the width of the field to disturb the opposing defenders and again multiplied the good balls, like the one who throws Aouar on the Lyon goal.

Caqueret confirms
Lyon is used to launching good young people. We mentioned Aouar, we can also quote Maxence Caqueret. Holder next to Guimaraes in the midfield, the Lyon midfielder was very present from start to finish. Raking a lot of balls, he always took care to play forward or to shift partners.


Lopes saw red
If Anthony Lopes was rather serious during a good part of the match, he faulted around the 74th minute of play. Coming out of the box, he was guilty of a hand fault and suffered his very first expulsion. in Ligue 1. A red who changed everything as OL suffered enormously afterwards and ended up losing the credit for their victory.

St Etienne has not solved all its ills
This draw should not make us forget that St Etienne was still sluggish in the game. Attacking only in spurts, the Greens have long undergone Lyon’s control and only responded with badly negotiated cons. It was not until the expulsion of Lopes to see them, finally, revolt. A draw for hope but Claude Puel still has work to remobilize his troops.


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