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Ligue 1 Top Five, Round 17: Golovin and Cyprien are inspired
Ligue 1

Ligue 1 Top Five, Round 17: Golovin and Cyprien are inspired

Maripan, Andersen and Melou also feature

12:30pm on Monday 9th December 2019
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Guillermo Maripán
D (C) - Monaco - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.2
Dec 7, 2019
1Goals
7Duels won
4Aerials won
7Ball recovered
3Clearances
103Passes
99Passes completed
96Successfull passes %

Monaco are performing better over the past few weeks and one thing that has improved has been their defensive capabilities, and Guillermo Maripan put in a superb performance in the win over Amiens. He netted the killer second goal, volleying home from close range and he also had the second most touches of any player in the Ligue 1 round with 115 touches and defensive he won seven duels, four aerials, three interceptions and three clearances. An all-round, complete performance.

Aleksandr Golovin
AM, M (C) - Monaco - 23 yrs
73'
8.9
Dec 7, 2019
73Minutes played
1Assists
2Big chances
57Passes
49Passes completed
31Final third passes
2Dribbles
5Duels won

Nice moved up to 13th in the table after a 4-1 victory over Metz, with Cyprien scoring two goals. It was him that opened the scoring in spectacular fashion with a curled effort into the top corner from 25 yards, before doubling his tally from the penalty spot not long after with a delightful chip. He also made eight ball recoveries and won 5/6 duels and the majority of his tackles.

Wylan Cyprien
M (C) - Nice - 24 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.9
Dec 7, 2019
2Goals
5Total shots
3Shots on target
66Passes
62Passes completed
94Successfull passes %
8Ball recovered
5Duels won

Ably assisted by Aleksandr Golovin, who has been one of the most impressive performance in the league this season. As well as his excellent delivery for Maripan's goal he also created another two big chances for team-mates which weren't converted. But the creative star didn't shirk his defensive duties, winning all three of his tackles and five of his seven duels. He's an all-round midfielder and his form has been concurrent with Monaco's upturn in fortunes.

Joachim Andersen
D (C) - Lyon - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.7
Dec 6, 2019
75Passes
72Passes completed
96Successfull passes %
1Goals
4Duels won
3Aerials won
10Ball recovered
4Clearances

Lyon have suffered defensively at times this season and have experimented with different partnerships, and Joachim Andersen's display in the comfortable win over Nimes. The defender found the net in the win where OL managed an astonishing 78% possession, albeit against nine men, and 72 of his 75 passes were completed as well as 10 recoveries and it's the kind of performance Andersen will need to take into the rest of OL's season.

Pierre Lees Melou
M (C) - Nice - 26 yrs
90'
8.7
Dec 7, 2019
1Goals
1Assists
65Passes
60Passes completed
13Final third passes
3Interceptions
6Ball recovered
4Duels won

While the first half of the Nice game belonged to Cyprien, the second period belonged to Lees-Melou who scored one and set up another. For his assist, he darts down the left wing before cutting inside on his right foot to whip a perfect cross to the back post for Ignatius Ganago to score. Then, he scored arguably the goal of the game when he collected possession outside the box before sending a gorgeous, curled strike beyond the keeper into the far corner.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Memphis Depay (8.6) scored twice as Lyon dominated their win away at Nimes on Friday.

ROUND TO FORGET

Nimes may have been down to nine men for most of the contest but Pablo Martinez (4.8) couldn't cope with Lyon's attack

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