Lyon goes two points clear of PSG in Ligue 1 with win over Guingamp
PARIS (AP) — Lyon moved provisionally top of the French league as its strike duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir scored again in a 3-1 win at Guingamp on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Fekir, who recently broke into the France team after deciding against playing for his father's homeland of Algeria, struck midway through the first half with his 12th league goal of the season.
Lacazette, who scored his first international goal for France in last weekend's 2-0 win against Denmark, grabbed his league-leading 24th with a penalty shortly before halftime.
Forward Clinton Njie made it 3-0 before forward Claudio Beauvue grabbed a consolation goal.
Lyon is two points clear of defending champion Paris Saint-Germain and has a much better goal difference.
PSG plays at rival Marseille on Sunday. A win would move Marseille above PSG and into second place, one point behind Lyon.
Moments after Guingamp midfielder Thibault Giresse had sent a chance high over the crossbar, Fekir scored in the 26th minute with a shot from outside the area that goalkeeper Jonas Lossl misjudged.
Lacazette then cut inside the left of the penalty area and was fouled by defender Baissama Sankoh. He sent Lossl the wrong way from the spot to make it 2-0 in the 39th.
Things got worse for Guingamp when defender Christophe Kerbrat was sent off in the 44th for a dangerous tackle on midfielder Jordan Ferri.
Njie added a third in the 61st, angling a low shot into the bottom corner after good work from Ferri.
After Fekir went close to getting his second goal, forward Claudio Beauvue netted his 12th of the season in the 80th.
Aside from the win, Lyon received another boost on Saturday with midfielder Clement Grenier making a successful return from a long-term injury as he scored in a reserve match against Monaco.
With Yoann Gourcuff sidelined with a hamstring injury, Grenier could have an important part to play in the next few weeks.
In Saturday's later matches, it's: Lille vs. Reims; Lorient vs. Rennes; Metz vs. Toulouse; Montpellier vs. Bastia; and Nice vs. Evian.
In Sunday's other games, Bordeaux hosts Lens and Nantes faces Caen.
Fourth-place Monaco and fifth-place Saint-Etienne drew 1-1 on Friday night.