Lyon win to cut into PSG's Ligue 1 lead

Dec 3, 2017 - 10:32 PM Lyon have moved up to second in France's Ligue 1 with a 2-1 win at Caen thanks to goals by Maxwell Cornet and Mariano.

Marseille were held to a 1-1 draw at Montpellier in the late game and are in fourth spot, level on 32 points with Lyon and third-placed champions Monaco.

Leaders Paris Saint-Germain are nine-points clear.

In Sunday's early match, St Etienne had to settle for a 1-1 home draw with Nantes after conceding a second-half equaliser and surviving a late onslaught by the visitors.

Cornet fired Lyon ahead when he swept home a loose ball in the 10th minute and Mariano scored his 12th league goal of the season with a thumping first-time volley after the break.

Caen, who missed their best chance in the 26th minute when left back Adama Mbenge's mis-hit cross hit the inside of the post, got a late consolation through Croatian striker Ivan Santini as they slipped to seventh.

Marseille struggled at Montpellier, who boast the league's best defensive record, and deservedly fell behind on the half-hour mark.

Forward Giovanni Sio gave the hosts the lead with an acrobatic volley that bounced in front of Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda, who was at fault.

The visitors were awarded a penalty on the stroke of halftime as an innocuous shot struck Montpellier centre back Hilton's arm, with Florian Thauvin drilling in the spot-kick amid a chorus of jeers from the home fans.

St Etienne midfielder Vincent Pajot scored the goal of the game against Nantes with a thunderbolt into the top corner from 30 metres after 38 minutes.

Nantes striker Emiliano Sala had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside before scoring a bizarre equaliser just past the hour when a clearance by Leo Lacroix struck him in the head and ricocheted into the net.

Source: AAP

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