Lyon End Losing Streak With Win Over Toulouse

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Olympique Lyon climbed to third spot in Ligue 1 as they ended a three-match losing run with a 3-1 home victory over mid-table Toulouse on Sunday.

Olympique Lyon climbed to third spot in Ligue 1 as they ended a three-match losing run with a 3-1 home victory over mid-table Toulouse on Sunday.

The hosts took the lead after eight minutes thanks to Clement Grenier who tapped in an Alexandre Lacazette cross at the far post.

Wissam Ben Yedder levelled for the visitors from close range in the 28th minute following fine work from Daniel Braaten as Lyon struggled to capitalise on their possession.

The seven-times French champions upped the pace immediately after the break and Bakary Kone put them back ahead with a header four minutes into the second half.

While Toulouse retained the ball well and had their chances to score another equaliser, France striker Bafetimbi Gomis eventually sealed the win for Lyon just after the hour mark by capitalising on a fine team effort.

Lyon moved up to the third and final Champions League qualifying spot with 56 points with six games to go.

They are one short of second-placed Olympique Marseille, who trail leaders Paris St Germain by 10 before they visit Lille, sixth with 52, on Sunday evening.

St Etienne are fourth with 54, tied on points with Nice who defeated lowly Sochaux 3-0 at home in the day's early kickoff.

The southerners missed several chances in the first half but were rewarded for their domination six minutes after the break thanks to Mahamane Traore, who diverted a Nemanja Pejcinovic effort into the goal following a corner kick.

Didier Digard doubled their lead eight minutes later with a low strike following another set piece the Sochaux defence had failed to clear.

Argentine striker Dario Cvitanich wrapped it up with a fine lob seven minutes from time, his 14th goal of the season.

Sochaux, who did not have a single shot on target at Nice, stay fourth from bottom, one point above the relegation zone.