Ligue 1: Lyon leaves title door open to PSG after 2-1 loss at Lille
PARIS (AP) — Lyon coach Hubert Fournier lamented his team's lack of concentration following a 2-1 defeat at Lille on Saturday that leaves the door open for defending champion Paris Saint-Germain to move top of the table in the closely-fought French title race.
Leader Lyon made the perfect start when it took a third-minute lead through midfielder Corentin Tolisso's fifth league goal of the season. Alexandre Lacazette, the league's 21-goal top scorer, went close to making it 2-0 with a freekick as Lyon dominated.
But Lille, which has struggled to score goals this season, hit back in the second half through midfielders Idrissa Gueye and Rony Lopes, who is on loan from Manchester City to hand Lyon its first defeat in 12 league games.
"Our lethargy in the second half was the main reason for this defeat. It's a big blow," Fournier said. "We were up against it from the first minute of the second half. We conceded two goals in four minutes and that killed us. Our good run has come to an end but I hope we're able to go on another one."
PSG is two points behind and can take first place if it wins at Monaco on Sunday.
Although Lyon has only the league to focus on because it is eliminated from all Cup competitions, its title credentials are likely to be severely tested in the next two weeks with away trips to Montpellier and Marseille.
"We'll have to be much more consistent against Montpellier next week than we were against Lille," Fournier said. "We can have a lot of regrets, especially considering how well we played in the first half."
Tolisso profited from slack marking to run onto Nabil Fekir's corner and fire past goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.
After going close with a freekick, Lacazette had another effort blocked toward the end of the first half.
Lille equalized in the 56th minute when Gueye swapped passes with Lopes and side-footed the ball comfortably past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
Four minutes later, Lopes collected the ball some 35 meters out on the right, cut inside, held off Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons and curled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Enyeama smothered a shot from fullback Henri Bedimo in the 72nd as Lyon pressed for an equalizer.
In Saturday's later matches, it is: Bordeaux vs. Reims; Lens vs. Rennes; Lorient vs. Bastia; Metz vs. Evian, and Toulouse vs. Saint-Etienne.
Marseille, which threw away a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 home loss to Caen on Friday night, is two points behind PSG.