POST TIME: 20 April, 2019 10:29:40 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 April, 2019 10:30:12 PM
Lyon end winless streak
AFP, Paris

Lyon end winless streak

Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match against Angers (SCO) at the Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon on Friday. AFP photo

Memphis Depay helped Lyon defeat Angers 2-1 in Ligue 1 on Friday to end a three match winless run and maintain their push for Champions League football next season. First half goals from the Dutch international and Martin Terrier saw Lyon consolidate their hold on third place on 59 points, six clear of fourth-placed Saint-Etienne.

But not before they suffered a late scare when Lucas Tousart sent the ball into his own net just minutes after coming on after a poor clearance from Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes. This was Lyon's first outing since coach Bruno Genesio announced his departure at the end of the season.

That came in the aftermath of last week's Ligue 1 defeat to struggling Nantes with the former multiple French champions also knocked out of the Champions League and French Cup in just over a month. Depay put Lyon in front on 14 minutes, Houssem Aouar providing the long assist. Outsprinting Angers defender Mateo Pavlovic the former Manchester United star's angled shot had keeper Ludovic Butelle foxed.

The 25-year-old striker almost added to that tally minutes later only for his shot to be deflected off Butelle's near post.

As half-time approached Terrier wrong-footed Butelle to double Lyon's advantage after another counter-attack with Aouar once again providing the decisive pass.

Earlier Dijon got a boost in its relegation scrap with a 3-2 home win against 11th-place Rennes. Striker Wesley Said grabbed a late winner against the club where he started his career.

Dijon is in 18th spot, the promotion-relegation playoff position, and trails 17th-place Amiens by four points.

Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain is looking to clinch this season’s title at its fourth attempt. A home win against Monaco on Sunday night guarantees the eighth title in its history. But celebrations can begin earlier in the day if Lille, which is 17 points behind PSG, fails to win at Toulouse.