Lyon moved into the Champions League locations and saved their slim Ligue 1 title hopes alive on Saturday as midfielder Bruno Guimaraes scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Lorient.
Rudi Garcia’s males edged two factors forward of Monaco, who go to Reims on Sunday, within the race to complete third.
Lyon can mathematically nonetheless win the title, however path leaders Lille by six factors with two matches remaining.
“We did our job to place strain on Monaco and the others,” stated Bruno.
“Our aim stays to get into the Champions League. At present, we’re third however I choose to not watch Monaco on Sunday.”
Second-placed Paris Saint-Germain can transfer inside some extent of Lille after they journey to face Rennes on Sunday.
Lyon boosted their Champions League hopes by dealing Monaco a extreme blow within the title race with a 3-2 win within the principality final weekend, they usually backed that up with a robust second-half show towards Lorient.
They struggled to interrupt down their relegation-threatened opponents within the first half, however burst into life after the break.
Houssem Aouar put the hosts forward within the 53rd minute, earlier than Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta’s header doubled the benefit 12 minutes later.
Bruno noticed his penalty saved by Paul Nardi with 20 minutes remaining, however the Lorient goalkeeper had stepped off his line and the Brazilian scored on the second time of asking.
The 23-year-old accomplished the primary brace of his skilled profession within the 77th minute, latching onto Islam Slimani’s intelligent flick-on to fit the ball previous Nardi.
Thomas Monconduit drilled in a late comfort for Lorient, however they continue to be at risk of the drop.
Nantes, who occupy the relegation play-off spot, beat fellow strugglers Bordeaux 3-0 earlier on Saturday to maneuver inside one level of Seventeenth-placed Lorient and Strasbourg in sixteenth.
Targets from Kalifa Coulibaly, Imran Louza and Randal Kolo secured the Canaries a 3rd straight win as they bid to keep away from dropping out of the French prime flight for the primary time since their promotion in 2012/13.
Bordeaux sit only one level above Lorient and Strasbourg.