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Monaco defeats Lyon 2-1 to claim third successive victory

Monaco claimed a 2-1 victory over Lyon on Sunday night for a second straight Ligue 1 win and a third straight win in all competitions putting their disappointing start to the season behind them.

Philippe Clement’s side only won one of their first five league matches this term but have bounced back since losing 4-2 to Troyes at home, beating Nice last weekend and Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League in midweek.

Lyon suffered a second defeat of the week after losing their unbeaten record against Lorient on Wednesday.

Neither side could break the deadlock in the first-half despite a handful of half-chances for either side. Krépin Diatta went closest with a volley that struck the post before bouncing harmlessly wide. 

Despite Lyon briefly getting back into the game, the Monégasques ensured they won at the Stade Louis II thanks to goals from Benoit Badiashile and Guillermo Maripán just minutes into the second half.

Monaco would have to count on the Bayern Munich loanee again before the end of the match. Substitute Moussa Dembélé had the goal at his mercy when put through on goal, but Nübel spread himself brilliantly to deny Peter Bosz’s men an equalizer. 

The win was Monaco’s first at the Stade Louis II this year after the fifth try allowed them to climb one spot up the standings and into seventh place. The pressure may already be growing on Bosz, as his side suffered consecutive defeats to demote them to fifth after their overwhelmingly positive start to the season.

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