PARIS (AP) Memphis Depay ensured some home comfort for himself and Lyon after scoring both goals in a 2-0 win against struggling Toulouse on Sunday.
The Netherlands forward’s brace took him to 12 league goals this season, but only three have been at home. His only other goal in front of Lyon’s demanding fans was a spectacular injury-time strike in a 2-1 home win against league leader PSG on Jan. 21.
Following that victory, Lyon’s form dipped alarmingly.
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But this win ensures fourth-place Lyon stays two points behind Marseille in the scrap for third spot and a place in the Champions League playoffs next season. They have seven games left. Monaco, which is four points clear of Marseille and six ahead of Lyon with a game in hand, remains favorite to finish second and secure an automatic place. Runaway leader PSG is 17 points clear of Monaco.
Depay’s first goal was a curling strike from the edge of the penalty area in the 24th minute. He got his second from the penalty spot just before halftime after midfielder Tanguy Ndombele was fouled.
Depay is finding form, scoring for his country in a 3-0 win against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal last Monday.
Toulouse is in 17th place, one point and one place above Troyes in the relegation playoff spot.
PSG and Monaco played in the League Cup final on Saturday. PSG won 3-0, beating Monaco in the final for the second straight year and winning the trophy for the fifth straight year.
Monaco plays its game in hand at Rennes on Wednesday.