The task for Lyon was simple on Sunday, chase. With Les Gones kicking off last this weekend, they’d have had knowledge of all other results, including Marseille’s, the side they are chasing for a top three spot, and they knew their home game against Toulouse was a must win.
Thankfully for them, they did win, as it was Memphis Depay who came to the rescue again, just as he did before the International break. The Dutchman nodded the winner in the Choc des Olympiques a fortnight ago, and also had a fine showing while on International duty, and he was the go-to man here again, as his brace secured a 2-0 win. It keeps Lyon on Marseille’s coattails, while Toulouse remain 17th and nowhere near safe.
Marseille, though, remain determined to keep Lyon at arm’s length, as they proved at Dijon. The score-line was 1-1 with two minutes left, but Rudi Garcia’s side were in no mood to share the spoils, and goals from Lucas Ocampos and Dimitri Payet ultimately secured three priceless points. It’s a result that puts them in good stead for the Europa League meeting with Salzburg on Thursday.
One team not in good stead are Lille, who suffered a defeat at home to Amiens. It was a 0-1 loss, which leaves them in 19th place, a far cry from their ambitions at the start of the season, and a definite disappointment. Things haven’t improved under Christophe Galtier. Relegation is a real prospect with seven games left.
Elsewhere, Nantes suffered another home defeat to dampen their European chances. Les Canaris were humbled in their own backyard by St. Etienne, who, thanks to a double from Remy Cabella, and one from Mathieu Debuchy, give themselves a fighting chance of European football. Such has been there improvement under Jean-Louis Gasset.
Montpellier also harbour European ambitions of their own, and move to fifth after a 3-1 win at Caen, thanks in no small part to Giovani Sio. Bordeaux suffered a defeat at the hands of Guingamp, Metz drew two-all at Strasbourg, which seems like another nail in their relegation coffin, while Alassane Plea’s double also has Nice in the Europa League equation following a 2-0 win at Troyes.
Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco were excused from league duty as both slugged it out in the Coupe de la Ligue final, where PSG came out on top in a three-goal win. That victory sees Le Parisiens claim the first silverware of the season- not that it’ll spare Unai Emery from the axe- and also sees Dani Alves as the player with the most trophies.
Lyon 2-0 Toulouse
Caen 1-3 Montpellier
Troyes 0-2 Nice
Guingamp 2-1 Bordeaux
Lille 0-1 Amiens
Dijon 1-3 Marseille
Strasbourg 2-2 Metz
Nantes 0-3 St. Etienne