Ligue 1: Lyon goes top of the league after defeating Tolouse
PARIS (AP) — Striker Alexandre Lacazette enhanced his growing reputation with two more goals as Lyon beat Toulouse 3-0 Sunday to move one point ahead of Marseille at the top of the French league.
The 23-year-old Lacazette, who has reportedly been watched by defending Premier League champion Manchester City, scored twice inside the first 30 minutes to take his tally to 19 goals in 20 league games this season.
The 21-year-old midfielder Nabil Fekir, one of eight homegrown players in Lyon's starting lineup, added the other goal just after the break to make it eight league goals in 16 appearances so far.
"The team is young but we have a lot of talent. We can do great things together," Fekir said. "We're happy but we're just starting the second half of the season. There's still work to be done."
Although Lyon has scored 43 goals in 20 league games, coach Hubert Fournier tried to play down the growing expectations that Lyon can challenge for the title.
"The role of the coaching staff is to detect the slightest bit of complacency," Fournier said. "You have to be very vigilant."
Also, sixth-place Nantes drew 0-0 at home to Metz.
Later, fifth-place Monaco hosted Bordeaux. A win would move Monaco just three points behind fourth-place PSG, which lost 4-2 at Bastia on Saturday to fall one point behind third-place Saint-Etienne.
Having converted from a right-winger to a central striker, Lacazette has been one of the most prolific strikers in European football this season, and has netted 11 times in his past seven games.
Fekir, a gifted passer as well as a confident finisher, set up Lacazette's first goal in the 14th minute.
His quick pass found Lacazette lurking toward the right of the penalty area, and he confidently drilled a shot inside the near post.
He got his second in the 27th, when midfielder Corentin Tolisso's pass deflected off Serbian defender Uros Spajic and fell kindly to Lacazette, who beat goalkeeper Ali Ahamada with a first-time shot.
Fekir made it 3-0 in the 48th minute when he latched onto a pass from midfielder Jordan Ferri and scored with a low shot from the right of the penalty area.
Former France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff had a chance to make it 4-0 in the closing stages, but Ahamada saved his shot.