Led from the outset, Toulouse found the resources this Friday, October 7 in the early match of the tenth day of L1 to bring back a point from Lyon and confirm its rise in power.
At the dawn of this 10e Ligue 1 day, Olympique Lyonnais had a knife to their throats, and it was the Toulouse people who held the handle. After four consecutive defeats, Lyon had no choice: to avoid the crisis, victory was imperative, and the whistles coming down from the corners with the name of Peter Bosz during the announcement of the compositions clearly expressed the urgency of the situation.
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Opposite, the TFC advanced “without complex”, as announced at a press conference Farès Chaïbi, the child of the country back on his land, and without pressure, after a scintillating victory the previous weekend against Montpellier. (4-2).
In a city where Toulouse has never won and facing a team a priori programmed for horizons other than them, Philippe Montanier and his men were only expected for a feat. We do not really know if this result is one, as Lyon seems blunt, and so much, match after match, the TFC reassures on its ability to stand up to the big players in the championship.
Rafael Ratao, winning comeback
There is obviously a gap between the two teams, the same as we saw in Lille on September 17. The one dug by individual talent, particularly visible yesterday between the Lyon strikers and the Haut-Garonne center-forward Thijs Dallinga. In great difficulty to keep the ball, play in return or create danger between Lukeba and Mendes, the Dutchman suffered greatly from comparison with Dembélé and Lacazette, a class above.
From the 2e minute, the former Arsenal put Tete in orbit and Toulouse, as against Losc, conceded a very early opener. But to this talent, Montanier responded with collective strength, and for the first time this season, it was a substitute, Rafael Ratao, who made his return after three missed games (entering in place of Dallinga) who made the difference and put the two teams tied (1-1, 67th).
Talent also on the téféciste side
Make no mistake, talent, there is also in Toulouse, like that of Maxime Dupé, author of decisive stops in front of Toko-Ekambi (12), Lacazette (23), Tolisso (41) or on the two distant and consecutive firecrackers of Reine-Adelaide (74, 75).
There are also some at Farès Chaïbi, whose marvelous opening for Aboukhlal would have deserved a better fate than the good outing of Lopes (31).
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And at Stijn Spierings, whose sudden strike shook the Lyon bar (43), at Anthony Rouault or at Branco van den Boomen, who has definitely been gaining momentum for two games.
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Talent, there is, but it is the collective impression that emerges from this trip to the Rhône. Cornered at the end of the match by the jolts of an injured animal but still able to roar, the Toulousains knew how to grit their teeth as much as they shone in sequences in the first period.
While we had talked a lot about dangerous trips in October, the TFC already brought back a point from Lyon before going to Lens on the 28th. It will probably not be the same music as the bronca that accompanied the Lyon’s exit on the edge of the abyss yesterday after the match, but after 10 Ligue 1 games, the Violets are reassuring: they know how to dance.
The description of the goals
2e : Moussa Dembélé cleverly lets a ball come from the right for Lacazette. Attracted by Dembélé’s call, Nicolaisen frees up space behind his back for Tete who rushes into the area and is quickly served by Lacazette. The Brazilian’s strike is deflected by Keben who was trying to come back and takes Dupé on the wrong foot (1-0).
67e : after a good pressing on a six-meter Lyonnais, van den Boomen inherits the ball at the entrance to the surface of Les Gones. After a support on Spierings the ball is muddled by the Lyon defense. Malo Gusto involuntarily puts Ratao back in the race who finds himself alone against Lopes and slips the ball under the goalkeeper, flat with his right foot (1-1).
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