FRENCH LIGUE 1

Stade de Gerland

Referee: Lionel Jaffredo | Attendance: 38000

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Lyon

  • Jean Makoun 7'
  • Jean Makoun 34'
  • Anthony Mounier 79'

3 - 0

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Lyon 3-0 Nantes: Slim title hopes kept alive

Lyon kept alive their slim title hopes tonight with victory over a Nantes side slipping ever closer to the Ligue 1 trapdoor.

Jean Makoun scored twice in the first half and Anthony Mounier added another late on to hand Les Gones their first win since the start of April.

They now sit four points behind leaders Marseille and Bordeaux, although the pair both have a game in hand.

Nantes remain in the bottom three and could find themselves with a gap to make up on the safety zone if results do not go their way when the round is completed tomorrow night.

Despite their recent poor form, Lyon settled any early nerves with the opening goal after seven minutes.

Juninho curled in a cross to Ederson at the far post and he headed on to Makoun for the Cameroonian to nod in from close range.

The hosts could have added another seven minutes later when Juninho again whipped in a cross for Cris to head goalwards, forcing Nantes goalkeeper Jerome Alonzo to scramble the ball clear.

Alonzo made another good save soon after punching away Juninho's threatening free-kick, but there was nothing he could do to keep out the second goal when it arrived after 34 minutes.

Cesar Delgado combined with Karim Benzema and Juninho in a lovely passing move which eventually saw the ball fired into Makoun at the near post for an easy tap-in.

Alonzo was doing his best to keep Nantes in the match, making another agile save from a Juninho free-kick as the interval approached.

And the visitors could have got on the scoresheet themselves after the restart but Guillaume Moullec's volley flew inches wide.

Lyon continued to dominate though, and wrapped up the result 11 minutes from time when Mounier headed home from a Kim Kallstrom corner.