Ligue 1: Lyon springs into life with Monaco rout

Olympic Lyonnais demolishes visiting Monaco 4-1 to move up to sixth in the Ligue 1 standings.

Lyon's players celebrate after a goal is scored, at the Groupama Stadium on Sunday. - AP

Olympique Lyonnais was in devastating form as it demolished visiting Monaco 4-1 to move up to sixth in the Ligue 1 standings on Sunday.

Rudi Garcia’s side, which is not playing in any European competition this season, prevailed thanks to goals by Memphis Depay, Houssem Aouar and a Karl Toko Ekambi double while Monaco could only respond with a Wissam Ben Yedder penalty.

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The result put OL on 13 points from eight games, five behind Paris St Germain, which leads the table following a 4-0 victory against Dijon on Saturday.

Lille missed an opportunity to reclaim the lead earlier on Sunday when it was held 1-1 at Nice and stayed behind PSG on goal difference.

In Lyon, Depay opened the scoring with a low crossed shot after being set up by Aouar, unveiling a t-shirt with the message 'Virgil - Stay strong my brother' in support of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who suffered a serious injury against Everton in the Premier League earlier this month.

Toko Ekambi doubled the tally in the 34th, finishing off from close range after collecting Tino Kadewere’s cross.

Aouar added a third from the penalty spot after Djibril Sidibe brought down Toko Ekambi in the box four minutes before the interval.

 

The Cameroon striker netted his fourth goal of the season in the 44th after benefiting from some poor Monaco defending.

Monaco pulled one back with a penalty three minutes into the second half following a foul by defender Sinaly Diomande.

Lyon finished with 10 men when Melvin Bard picked up a straight red card for a brutal challenge on Ruben Aguilar, one minute from time.

Monaco is 12th on 11 points.

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