For Lyon, this was the sort of end to the week that could really spur on a season. This time last weekend, things were still indifferent after Les Gones could only save a point at nine-man Caen. But on Wednesday Bruno Genesio took his side to Manchester City, where they began their Champions League campaign with a win.
It was the perfect tonic for the weekend, as Marseille came to the Groupama stadium for the Choc des Olympiques. Lyon took the lead after 27 minutes on home soil, Tanguy N’Dombele feeding Hassem Aouar who increased the noise at the Lumieres. Not that Marseille were going to play tame guests, though, Florian Thauvin supplied by Dimitri Payet, and he levelled proceedings six minutes before halftime.
The game was tied at the break, but just five minutes after the restart, Lyon would retake the lead, N’Dombele was again the provider, this time the benefitting party was Bertrand Traore, who found the bottom corner. Traore added his second on the hour mark, and when he was fouled in the box by Kevin Strootman 15 minutes from time, Nabil Fekir converted the resulting penalty to put the result beyond doubt.
Marseille grabbed a late consolation, former Lyon man Clinton N’Jie pulling one back with eight minutes left, but this was Lyon’s night. Les Gones have moved up to sixth place, just behind Marseille on goal difference, and they’ll hope this sets their season on the right track.
Meanwhile, champions Paris St. Germain continued their perfect start in the league with a win over Rennes. After losing to Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday, PSG fell behind at Rennes after 11 minutes, Adrien Rabiot having the misfortune of turning the ball into his own net, but Angel Di Maria levelled for Thomas Tuchel’s team just before halftime. Thomas Meunier put PSG in front just after the hour, before setting up Eric Choupo-Moting to seal the win with seven minutes to go, as Le Parisiens make it six league wins from six.
Elsewhere, Bordeaux needed two late goals to win at Guingamp, who remain without a point, while Strasbourg had to come from behind to win against Amiens, and Gaetan Laborde scored the only goal of the game as Montpellier beat Nice to go third.
Monaco’s less-than bright start to the season continued, Radamel Falcao cancelling out Anthony Brancon’s goal in a draw at home to Reims.
That stalemate means Leonardo Jardim’s side have one win in six league games this season, and are 12 points off PSG already. Lille are in second place after goals from Jose Fonte and Nanitamo Ikone helped them to a win over Nantes, while St. Etienne did just enough to see off Caen.
Monaco 1-1 Nimes
Strasbourg 3-1 Amiens
Angers 0-0 Toulouse
Reims 0-0 Dijon
Lyon 4-2 Marseille
Lille 2-1 Nantes
Guingamp 1-3 Bordeaux
St. Etienne 2-1 Caen
Rennes 1-3 PSG
Montpellier 1-0 Nice
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