Lyon, which left no chance in Strasbourg (3-0), temporarily took over the lead of Ligue 1 on Saturday, on the eve of the match in Nantes from Lille, the fallen leader, on the 24th day.
Lyon takes off again ...
Its last two successes, sluggish, against Bordeaux (2-1) and Dijon (1-0), credited the thesis of a team in search of a second wind, after a first part of the season in cannonball.
In 90 minutes under control, OL swept aside doubts about his game, to remind that there was still a serious candidate for the title.
Memphis Depay (20th, 68th) and Karl Toko Ekambi (30th) offered a logical victory to the Lyonnais, also helped by the rapid expulsion (13th) of Adrien Thomasson.
The Dutchman managed his second double of the year 2021, to climb to second place in the scorers classification (13 goals), behind Kylian Mbappé (15).
With 52 points, Rudi Garcia's men regain first place, pending the response from Lille (51 pts), who moves to the Nantes barrage on Sunday (5:00 p.m.).
While he only won two meetings between October and the end of January, Lorient has chained three victories in ten days.
After Dijon (3-2) and Paris SG (3-2), the Merlus (17th, 22 pts) extended their revival against Reims (1-0) to leave their place of play-off in Nantes (19 pts).
Midfielder Laurent Abergel, already decisive against PSG, scored the winning goal (52nd) with a beautiful shot wound from 25 meters.
"This series is very important, it allows us to pick up the teams who play the maintenance. Today, Lorient is a winning team", relishes the Morbihan coach Christophe Pélissier.
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