Lyon snap winless run as Plea bags four for Nice
Lyon halted a run of six matches without a win in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 victory over Caen on Sunday, while Alassane Plea scored four goals for Nice in a 5-2 rout of Guingamp.
Former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore swept home the winner on 63 minutes for Lyon, as Bruno Genesio's team avenged last week's French Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Caen.
Lyon were without a league win since their 2-1 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain on January 21, and hit the post through Ferland Mendy early in the second half before the woodwork then denied Caen's Enzo Crivelli.
Traore notched his seventh goal of the season when a Mendy cross ricocheted off two Caen players and into his path, allowing the Burkina Faso international to convert from near the penalty spot.
The result revives Lyon's faltering pursuit of a Champions League spot, pulling them to within two points of third-placed Marseille, who travel to Toulouse later on Sunday.
Nice strengthened their case for a return to Europe next season as Plea made the Mediterranean club forget about the absence of the injured Mario Balotelli.
Former Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier tucked away a ninth-minute penalty for Guingamp -- his first goal since April 2016 -- but Plea levelled and struck twice more before the hour mark.
An own goal on 83 minutes from on-loan Barcelona centre-back Marlon gave Guingamp a lifeline, but Bassem Srarfi promptly made it 4-2 before Plea netted his fourth of the game in stoppage time.
PSG restored their 14-point lead over Monaco at the top of the table on Saturday with a resounding 5-0 win over bottom side Metz to ease some of the pain of their Champions League disappointment against Real Madrid.
Second-placed Monaco won 3-1 at Strasbourg on Friday with Stevan Jovetic, Rony Lopes and Fabinho getting their goals.
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