Ligue 1: Lyon extend winning streak at the expense of Guingamp
Lyon made it five Ligue 1 wins in a row for the first time since 2008 with a nervy 3-1 victory over Guingamp at the Stade Gerland.
Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir both struck inside 20 minutes to give the hosts a commanding lead before Anthony Lopes put through his own net on the stroke of half-time to offer hope to visiting Guingamp.
However, Fekir added his second of the game late on to guarantee all three points for Hubert Fournier’s men, who kept up the pressure on leaders Marseille.
The hosts wasted no time in stamping their authority on the game when Fekir’s cross was flicked in to Lacazette’s path and the young forward, who has reportedly drawn interest from Paris St Germain recently, was on hand to head home his 11th of the season.
Clinton N’Jie, Lacazette and Fekir all looked sprightly inside the opening quarter of an hour and it as the latter who popped up on 19 minutes to double Les Gones’ lead.
Christophe Jallet combined well with Lacazette out on the right and his cross was emphatically steered home on the half-volley by the 21-year-old former youth product to inflict more misery on EAG.
Claudio Beauvue and Younousse Sankhare offered a response for the visitors but both efforts flew over Lopes’ crossbar before the unlucky Lyon keeper offered Guingamp a glimmer of light with the half-time whistle beckoning.
Sylvain Marveaux took charge of a 20-yard free-kick and his superbly struck effort found the crossbar before hitting Lopes on the back and nestling in the net.
It did not prove costly to the home side though, as Guingamp could not get any closer.
Lyon were a whisker away from adding a third 10 minutes after the restart when Steed Malbranque latched onto a clearance from Fekir’s corner but, despite beating Jonas Lossl with a 20-yard effort, the left post saved Guingamp.
Soon after the visitors had a good penalty call turned down when Samuel Umtiti handled inside the area before Claudio Beauvue headed Baissama Sankoh’s cross just over Lopes’ bar in what was proving to be an open second half.
However, with just a few minutes left to play in normal time it was the hosts who grabbed that crucial fourth goal of the game when Fekir broke free of the high Guingamp line before slotting beyond Lossl to secure all three points.