PARIS (AP) – Lyon showed why they should be considered a candidate for the title, crushing Nice 4-1 on Saturday to settle at the top of the French league and stretch their number of consecutive games to 13 without defeat.
The accurate attack commanded by Memphis Depay, Tino Kadewere and Karl Toko Ekambi was a great piece for Nice and Lyon placed a point above Lille and two ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, who collide this Sunday.
Depay gave Lyon the lead by taking a Panenka penalty in the 31st minute following a foul on Kadewere. The Argentine goalkeeper Walter Benítez fell into the deception and defeated the opposite side.
Seven minutes later, Kadewere made it 2-0, after intercepting a lousy pass from the defense and finishing with confidence. But forward Amine Gouri brought the locals closer just before the break, scoring against his former club, taking advantage of a cross from attacking midfielder Rony Lopes.
A great pass from Depay sent Kadewere running, who reached the ball and gave it selflessly for Toko Ekambi to make it 3-1 in the 62nd minute. Midfielder Houssem Aouar closed the score in the 72nd minute, capitalizing on a Leo Dubois cross.
After falling in Rennes midweek, Marseille lost more points. They limited themselves to a 1-1 draw at home, against a downcast Reims, to stagnate in the fourth step.
The visitors took the lead in the 20th minute, when a center from Kosovar midfielder Arber Seneli from the left was deflected into his own goal by defender Yuto Nagatomo.
Florian Thauvin equalized shortly before the break, taking advantage of a header from Argentine striker Darío Benedetto landing close to him.
In another match, Metz climbed to eighth after beating Lens 2-0.
PSG will play on the Lille court without Neymar. The Brazilian star is recovering from a sprained ankle suffered last Sunday in a 1-0 loss to Lyon.
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