Lille grabbed prime spot in Ligue 1 on Sunday by thrashing newly-promoted Lens 4-0 in France’s northern derby because the ill-disciplined guests had two gamers despatched off.
Lens had an opportunity to go prime in France for the primary time in 16 years however their defensive frailties have been ruthlessly uncovered by Lille who transfer two factors forward of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Burak Yilmaz’s low shot put the house facet forward within the echoing, empty Stade Metropole after 11 minutes.
Lens held on until the second half when Jonathan Bamba scored Lille’s second earlier than first Jonathan Gradit after which substitute Clement Michelin have been proven purple playing cards as Lens fell aside.
Jonathan Ikone and Yusuf Yazici accomplished the job for Lille.
“Tonight was an ideal match,” mentioned Lille striker Luiz Araujo.
“This begin to the season is the results of the laborious work we do day by day. We’re very severe and able to do an amazing job however we’ve not received something but.
“We’ve got to maintain our toes on the bottom and keep centered on the subsequent recreation.”
PSG had additionally received 4-0 on Friday with Kylian Mbappe scoring twice at Nimes.
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia mentioned his group had “turned the web page” after captain Memphis Depay arrange three objectives in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Strasbourg to say their first victory since August.
The Dutch attacker, who was linked with a transfer to Barcelona in the course of the switch window, was the supplier for Zimbabwe worldwide ahead Tino Kadewere and repeated the feat twice for Karl Toko Ekambi within the first half.
Habib Diallo and Jean-Eudes Aholou scored for the hosts however Lyon held on and transfer as much as ninth with their first three factors since August.
“The win was greater than deserved. This group had the capability to confess they needed to flip the web page,” Garcia mentioned.
“The reply was on the pitch, three Depay assists and three objectives in open play.”
Kadewere opened the scoring after quarter-hour, firing dwelling first time from Depay’s lengthy ball.
Depay then mixed twice with Toko Ekambi earlier than the 42-minute mark to make it 3-0.
The hosts fought again as Senegal’s Diallo lower the deficit simply over a minute later.
Ivory Coast midfielder Aholou, on mortgage from Monaco, scored with a left-footed volley 10 minutes into the second half.
Patrick Vieira’s Good facet eased to a 3-1 win at Saint-Etienne to maneuver as much as fourth, becoming a member of Lens on 13 factors.
Pierre Lees-Malou opened the scoring for Good earlier than 20-year-old Amine Gouiri added a second earlier than half-time.
Adil Aouchiche pulled a objective again for Saint-Etienne on 57 minutes however Myziane Maolida sealed the factors for the southerners.
On Saturday, Marseille warmed up for his or her return to the Champions League subsequent week with a 3-1 victory over Bordeaux.