Ligue 1 recap – 8th March

A thumping 5-1 Ligue 1 victory over Montpellier helped Lyon bounce back from a defeat last time out, while Saint-Etienne grabbed a much needed victory.

Lyon returned to top spot in Ligue 1 on Sunday after coming from behind to thump Montpellier 5-1. Hubert Fournier’s men lost in Lille in their last game and looked on-course for another bad day at the office when Lucas Barrios gave the league leaders the worst possible start as he found himself in enough space to have a tap-in early on in the game.

Alexandre Lacazette drew the two teams level from 12-yards after 30 minutes, before Nabil Fekir turned the score around and put Lyon in front with two goals from inside the box either side of the half-time break.

Barrios wasted a big chance that could of reduced the deficit when he missed an 81st-minute penalty which was debatably given, while Lyon’s fourth strike did not come until second-half stoppage time – Corentin Tolisso sneaking home from close range.

Lacazette still had time to add salt to the wounds for Montpellier as he found himself un-marked and in enough space to find the net with his volley.

The result sees Lyon go a point clear of big spenders PSG at the top of Ligue 1.

Saint-Etienne who are now Coupe de France semi-finalists ended their recent poor run of seven league matches without a win by beating 10-man Lorient, 2-0.

Didier Ndong received his orders to leave the pitch for a second bookable offence in the 67th minute, before Yohan Mollo and Max Gradel found the net to earn all the available points.

In the day’s remaining fixture, Lille gave Guingamp their third successive league defeat – as they grabbed a 1-0 win at Stade du Roudourou.

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