Lyon go top of Ligue 1

Afp, Paris

21 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Lyon climbed to the top of Ligue 1 as Zimbabwe attacker Tino Kadewere scored a goal and set up another in a 4-1 win at Nice on Saturday.

Kadewere made an impact either side of half-time to move his side a point above Lille who entertain third-placed Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

The visitors' boss Rudi Garcia handed Belgium defender Jason Denayer his 100th Lyon appearance as Memphis Depay returned to the starting line-up after scoring off the bench in the midweek draw with Brest.

Nice attacker Jeff Reine-Adelaide was ineligible for the fixture against his parent club as Alexis Claude-Maurice came into Adrian Ursea's side on the right wing.

Depay opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark with a 'Panenka' penalty before Kadewere took his tally for the season to six goals on 39 minutes.

He intercepted a Hicham Boudaoui pass and beat home goalkeeper Walter Benitez with ease.

Kadewere turned provider in the 63rd minute as he set up Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi with a squared pass into the box.

The three points were secured with less than 30 minutes to go as France playmaker Houssem Aouar fired home from close range for his first goal since late October.