French media react to Rangers as Lyon pitch takes pride of place, but visiting fans praised after Europa League award row


Rangers fans were praised for their support for their squad, while French media were disappointed by events on the pitch in a “dismal” draw for the Europa League.

The tie was essentially a dead rubber, with the hosts already assured of dominating the group and Gio van Bronckhorst’s men assured of second place.

A deflected strike from Scott Wright opened the scoring, but Ryan Cherki forced an own goal in Calvin Bassey, the third time the Rangers have passed their own goaltender in this season’s competition.

The visitors took possession as Lyon had more shots but the local media were not impressed with the game.

The biggest French sports daily L’Équipe described the match as a “warm-up” for Lille this weekend and “without stake”.

However, they slammed the pitch at Parc OL after Karl Toko Ekambi was forced to stop due to injury.

They write in their match report: “More than bad luck this time, the Cameroonian striker’s knee problem could be due to the catastrophic state of the ground at Groupama Stadium.

“Ravaged by disease, it will be replaced today at a cost of around one million euros. This is good news for the Lyonnais, who will welcome Metz on the 22nd (9pm) on a new pitch.

Former Celtic-linked Tino Kadewere is said to have “lacked confidence” while ex-Liverpool player Xherdan Shaqiri “lacked a bit of everything”.

They ranked Ryan Kent and Scott Wright as the stars of the Rangers, giving them both a 6/10 in the newspaper’s notoriously stingy player ratings.

The Lyon newspaper Le Progrès estimated that the hosts “did the minimum” and were “satisfied to put a candle in the window without triggering fireworks”.

They felt that finishing the undefeated group was “a small glimmer on a rather dark horizon”, OL being 12th in Ligue 1, having lost a point and being shaken by the announcement of the departure of sporting director Juninho at the end of the season.

There was praise for the support to the travelers, as they noted in their live coverage: “26,842 spectators are watching the game.

“The Scottish players are supported (calmly) by a good two thousand supporters. These were authorized to go to the capital of the Gauls by the Rhône prefecture. Two days ago, the Interior Ministry repealed this decree before reversing this decision.

Ouest France was impressed with part of Rangers’ play but felt the early opportunity for Kemar Roofe came “against the run of the game” as the Jamaica international hit the post.

About the first goal they wrote: “After a good play Glasgow (sic) opened the scoring.

“Kent fed Kamara on the left and in a duel with Vogel he brushed off the Lyon full-back, who missed his tackle.

“Kamara then went into the box and cut it for a totally undercover Wright. The Rangers midfielder fired a shot that was deflected by Da Silva and left Pollersbeck on the wrong foot.”

Eurosport hoped that a good performance could revive Lyon in Ligue 1 but felt that “this result will not get them out of the doldrums”.

The hosts were described as “very clumsy with the ball”, with Moussa Dembele particularly criticized for “spoiling Lyon’s greatest chance”.

They continued: “Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s players had already shown they can hurt with a strike from Kemar Roofe on the post, and a missed opportunity by Borna Barisic. The Lyonnais were eventually punished on a deflected strike from Scott Wright. “

Footmercato estimated that after a positive start to the match in Lyon, it was the Rangers who dominated the first half.

They wrote: “The Scots have gained the upper hand over their vulnerable hosts in the Rhône.

“Roofe found the post after a Kent ball, while Pollersbeck was called to action by Barisic. It was ultimately Wright who rewarded the dominance of the Gers with a deflected strike from Da Silva.”

However, the site estimated that OL had woken up after the break and could “be content with a draw”.

The match was called a “pretty dismal draw” by 20 Minutes, which felt less than 30,000 spectators and just five shots on target between the two teams “summed up the evening”.

And Le Point was disappointed as the Rangers “foiled” Lyon’s goal of winning six out of six.

They wrote: “With a substitute team and only three starters, Olympique Lyonnais were assured of first place and going straight to the round of 16 while Rangers were certain to finish second.

“The Scots have also chosen to play a heavily turned starting XI and will play a play-off in February against a Champions League side.”


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