Lyon thrash Monaco

Afp, Paris

27 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Lyon continued their revival with another first-half spree on their way to thrashing Monaco 4-1 in Ligue 1 on Sunday but earlier Lille faltered and blew a chance to retake top spot, drawing at Nice.

Lyon ended the eighth round of the French league season with an decisive home victory as Karl Toko Ekambi struck twice for the second week in a row.

"Toko Ekambi played a huge match," said Lyon coach Rudi Garcia. "Let's hope he keeps it up."

Memphis Depay opened the scoring after a pass from Houssem Aouar in the 12th minute.

Toko Ekambi converted a cross from Tino Kadewere at the second attempt in the 34th minute.

In the 41st minute, the Cameroon striker won a penalty that Aouar converted. Three minutes later, Toko Ekambi took advantage of a misunderstanding in the Monegasque defence to score.

Monaco had dominated possession and their coach Niko Kovac agreed that the half-time score flattered Lyon.

Last week in Strasbourg, Lyon led by three goals after 42 minutes only to finish the game clinging to a 3-2 victory.

Wissam Ben Yedder converted a Monaco penalty early in the second half but even though the visitors dominated possession, they could not make the game close.