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Olympique Lyonnais is jostled at Ibron Park but the Gones lead at the break. The teammates of Houssem Aouar, promoted captain for the occasion, managed to open the scoring at the half-hour mark, on a superb curled shot from Karl-Toko Ekambi. Steven Gerrard’s men, however, pushed early in the match to find an opening in the Rhone defense, where Jérôme Boateng made his debut as a holder, without success. At the end of the first period, Lundstram almost deceived Anthony Lopes with a nice shot (36th) before Malo Gusto, for his first European match, was on the verge of scoring his first goal (38th). The Lyon goalkeeper was further illustrated by making a superb save against Kent to preserve the advantage of Gones.
For its part, AS Monaco was held in check at the break by the Austrians from Sturm Graz. Niko Kovac’s team are struggling to pack the game and will have to raise their level of play to come away with the victory. Gelson Martins almost opened the scoring, but the opposing goalkeeper relaxed to push back his attempt (28th). The Portuguese international got another chance in the wake, but failed to frame his shot (30th). ASM was even saved by its bar at the very end of the first period (43rd).
Olympique Lyonnais lead the break on the Glasgow Rangers pitch thanks to a superb goal from Karl-Toko Ekambi. For its part, AS Monaco is held in check on its lawn by Sturm Graz, despite a large domination.