Lyon see off Reims to climb second, Monaco cruise


Lyon continued their high quality type with a 3-0 win over Reims on Sunday which lifted them to second in Ligue 1, whereas Monaco beat Nimes to additionally transfer inside two factors of leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Karl Toko Ekambi, Bruno Guimaraes and Moussa Dembele scored for Lyon as they made it 16 factors from their final six matches to take a seat two factors behind PSG and above Monaco and Montpellier on aim distinction.

“We should proceed on this vein and look upwards. We should put a run of victories collectively,” mentioned Lyon coach Rudi Garcia.

“That is the primary time that we have now received thrice in a row. As in Angers (final week), we had a possibility to (transfer up the) desk. We seized it.”

Lille can leapfrog Lyon, Monaco and Montpellier in the event that they win at Saint-Etienne in a while Sunday.

PSG gave the chasing pack an opportunity to chop the hole with a 2-2 house draw towards Bordeaux on Saturday, having blown a two-goal result in lose to Monaco final week.

Reims, who had Moreto Cassama despatched off on 33 minutes, stay fourth from backside and look destined for a relegation dog-fight.

Toko Ekambi, getting back from suspension, proved the important thing for Lyon, hitting the publish early on earlier than scoring within the twenty second minute with a header on the again publish from a cross by Memphis Depay.

Toko Ekambi additionally created the second — Guimaraes’s first for Lyon — 4 minutes after the break, the Brazilian’s shot taking a deflection off Marshall Munetsi.

Toko Ekambi additionally teed up Dembele for the third. Dembele had simply come on as an alternative to Tino Kadewere who had hit the publish within the first half and had a aim dominated out for offside.

Cassama was despatched off for a foul on Depay who seemed to be in on aim.

– Monaco march on –

In a while Sunday, Monaco eased to a 3-0 victory over Nimes to notch their fourth straight league win.

Younger midfielder Sofiane Diop gave the hosts an early lead on the Stade Louis II, earlier than Gelson Martins and Kevin Volland struck within the second half to see off Nimes, who had Lucas Deaux dismissed within the 69th minute.

Germany striker Volland has scored 5 Ligue 1 targets for Monaco since his close-season transfer from Bayer Leverkusen.

The principality outfit have completed ninth and seventeenth within the final two seasons and coach Niko Kovac was wanting to play down any ideas of a repeat of their shock 2017 title triumph.

“The title? Not after 12 video games, we’re not there, no,” mentioned the Croatian.

“It is a good interval for us, we have now to maintain working, we’re a younger group. We will even lose matches.”

Fourth-placed Montpellier additionally prolonged their successful streak to 4 matches as Petar Skuletic scored late on to seize a 1-0 win at Lorient, regardless of midfielder Teji Savanier’s missed penalty within the first half.

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