Lyon defeats Guingamp, passes PSG for second in Ligue 1 table
PARIS (AP) — Alexandre Lacazette scored his league-leading 11th goal of the season and midfielder Nabil Fekir scored twice as Lyon beat Guingamp 3-1 on Sunday to seal a fifth straight win and move provisionally above Paris Saint-Germain and into second place.
Both came through Lyon's youth academy and Fekir's sixth goal in 10 games marks him out as a promising player, while Lacazette has broken back into the France squad after some fine performances.
The 23-year-old Lacazette put Lyon ahead in the eighth minute when Fekir crossed from the left, defender Milan Bisevac nodded the ball on and Lacazette headed in at the back post.
Christophe Jallet crossed from the right, Lacazette let the ball run, and Fekir finished with a half-volley in the 20th, and made it 3-1 in the 87th.
PSG can reclaim second spot and trim league leader Marseille's lead to one point by beating its bitter rival later Sunday when the teams meet at Parc des Princes. PSG is hopeful that top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to the side, while a win for Marseille would move it five points ahead of Lyon at the top and seven clear of PSG.
At Stade Gerland, Guingamp pulled a goal back against the run of play in first-half stoppage time when Sylvain Marveaux's freekick hit the crossbar, bounced down onto goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and went in.
Lyon twice went close with midfielder Steed Malbranque hitting the post and Lacazette seeing his free kick well saved by Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
Fekir put the result beyond doubt when he ran onto midfielder Maxime Gonalons' long pass and beat Lossl with a composed finish.
In Sunday's other later matches, Reims faced Lille and Saint-Etienne played Monaco.
Bordeaux won 2-1 at Lens on Saturday to move into fourth position.