Cameroonian international Karl Toko-Ekambi signed a second consecutive brace on Sunday.
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Despite a delicate start, OL blew up the Monegasque defense during the first period this Sunday (4-0 at half-time, 4-1 in the end).
Still 14th eight days ago, the Lyonnais carried out the big accounting operation of the weekend by moving up to 6th place, following two precious victories.
Rudi Garcia clearly bet this Sunday on the counter-attacks to regain the success that was his this summer during the Final 8 in Lisbon.
At Parc OL,
At Parc OL,
What if this week had changed everything for Lyon?
After a really difficult start to the season in Ligue 1, OL are in any case at the top of the table thanks to their two consecutive successes in Strasbourg (2-3) and against Monaco (4-1) on Sunday.
The Lyon counter-attacks torture ASM
28% possession, 4 shots attempted… and 4-0 at halftime!
The summer recipe for OL's European exploits against Juve and Manchester City finally found its most brilliant version in the fall.
After a start completely upside down, during which Jovetic (3rd) and especially Fofana (11th) could have opened the scoring with the head for ASM, the Lyonnais martyred the improbable defensive alignment of Robert Kovac's men, located 60 meters from their goal.
Although stifled in the heart of the game, where the non-tenure of Bruno Guimaraes and Maxence Caqueret were surprising, OL therefore excelled thanks in particular to their two main offensive assets, Memphis Depay, brilliant this Sunday (1- 0, 11th), and Houssem Aouar (3-0, 40th).
Kovac decided to play high block against a team where there are Memphis Depay and Houssem Aouar between the lines and Kadewere / Toko Ekambi on the sides.
Suicide, you can not do better to put OL in the best conditions.
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Karl Toko-Ekambi, the funny series
Author of two goals in his first 21 games at OL, the Cameroonian international was clearly becoming the laughing stock of Lyon fans, with his eight months of scarcity in front of goal.
But his string of two doubles, in Strasbourg last week and this Sunday (33rd and 43rd), transfigured him.
In the second period, Karl Toko-Ekambi even split two caviar from which a Moussa Dembélé could not benefit by shouting lack of confidence (78th and 81st).
This is no longer the problem of the former Villarreal striker.
A jump in the ranking
Two successes in a row in one week and the Lyonnais drop casually from 14th to 6th place, just two points from the podium.
Without really convincing in the control of the game, the OL of Rudi Garcia therefore rectified the situation, before chaining a shock in Lille and the derby.
The opportunity to see him achieve a full season, without playing in the European Cup unlike all his direct competitors, takes a little more weight.
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