Lyon won by 4 to 1 in their trip to Nice, this Saturday in the 16th day of French Ligue 1, with them placed provisional leader.
Rudi Garcia’s team is thus sending their particular dose of pressure to Lille and Paris Saint-Germain, who started first and second respectively this weekend and who meet each other on Sunday.
Lyon now have one point more than Lille, which is second, and two more than PSG, which falls to third place, waiting for what happens on Sunday.
The Dutch Memphis Depay (minute 32) opened the scoring for Lyon, who extended the score at 39 through the Zimbabwean Tino Kadewere.
Nice cut short before the break, at 44 thanks to a goal from Amine Gouiri, but in the second half the Lyonnais put distance on the scoreboard with goals from Cameroonian Karl Toko Ekambi (63) and Houssem Aouar (73).
Lyon get their sixth win in their last seven league games, a week after their big 1-0 win at Parc des Princes in Paris.
The draw against Brest (2-2) on Wednesday had halted the great run of Lyon, which with its win this Saturday again sends a solid message about its candidacy for the title this season.
“We have shown tonight that when we play together, with concentration, things work very well. I am happy with the victory, it was magnificent to continue with this start of the season,” celebrated Lyon’s Brazilian defender Marcelo Antonio Guedes.
Nice (12th), meanwhile, cannot get close to the European places or enter the top half of the table, but they still have a ten-point advantage over the relegation places.
– Marseille brake –
In another standout match this Saturday, Marseille (4th) disappointed with a 1-1 draw at home against Reims (16th).
After a streak of six league wins in a row, Marseille slowed down this week, where they also lost 2-1 in Rennes on Wednesday.
André Villas-Boas’ team is fourth with 28 points and still has two postponed games to play, which can give it a new boost.
He is now five points away from Lyon.
In this Saturday’s game at the Velodrome, Reims took the lead in the 21st minute with a goal against Japan’s Yuto Nagatomo.
Marseille equalized at 45 thanks to Florian Thauvin, who was critical of his team after the game.
“It’s a deserved result, that’s all. There are many things that do not work,” he told Téléfoot television.
Coach Villas-Boas admitted the result is a disappointment.
“Today we have lost two points. Today my changes have not worked,” acknowledged the Portuguese coach, who considered this match “a missed opportunity.”
Reims (16th) added a point in their attempt to stay but are just three from the relegation places.
In the first game on Saturday, Metz (8th) settled in the quiet zone by beating Lens (7th) 2-0, coming within just one point.
The goals of the team from the Lorraine region were signed by Senegalese Opa Nguette (30) and Algerian-French Farid Boulaya (90 + 4).
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