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Ligue 1: Moussa Dembele goal sees Lyon beat Bordeaux; Nice scrape to draw against Angers

Paris: A fine finish from coveted striker Moussa Dembélé and a deflected effort from Maxwell Cornet helped Lyon rally to beat Bordeaux 2-1 in the French league on Saturday.

File image of Lyon. Reuters

Dembélé’s firm drive in the 53rd minute came after he was set up by Cornet, who equalized three minutes earlier for Lyon.

Veteran forward Jimmy Briand put Bordeaux ahead in the 15th against his former club.

The win moved Lyon up to sixth place and Dembélé grabbed his 14th goal in 28 games.

With Netherlands forward Memphis Depay likely out for the rest of the season as he recovers from a serious knee injury, Lyon are fighting to keep Dembélé. Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing him during the transfer window this month.

Bordeaux pushed hard for an equalizer and defender Laurent Koscielny thought he had his first goal in France for 10 years, wheeling away in delight in the 84th.

It was a striker’s finish, too, as the centre half controlled a bouncing ball on his chest, held off defender Rafael and hooked the ball in while falling backwards. But video replays showed he was marginally offside when latching onto a headed flick-on from fellow defender Pablo.

VAR ruled out Koscielny’s first league goal in France since scoring for Lorient against Marseille in 2010, before he left to join Arsenal, where he stayed until joining Bordeaux in the offseason.

Briand pounced when an awful back pass from Lyon centre back Joachim Andersen went straight to him.

Other matches

Reims missed the chance to move up to fourth place after losing at struggling Nimes 1-0.

Reims lost their spark in attack after selling lively forward Remi Oudin to Bordeaux for a club record 10 million euros ($11.1 million) on Thursday, and saw veteran midfielder Jacques-Alaixys Romao sent off after 57 minutes.

Burly striker Renaud Ripart got an early goal and midfielder Yassine Benrahou added a last-gasp free kick for Nimes, which remained in 19th place.

Montpellier climbed above Lyon into the fifth spot after strikers Gaëtan Laborde and Andy Delort netted in a 2-1 win at Amiens, giving the southern side its first away win of the season.

Ghana defender John Boye scored midway through the second half as Metz beat visiting Strasbourg 1-0.

Toulouse remained rock bottom after losing 5-2 at home to Brest, which trailed 2-1 until the 72nd minute.

Patrick Vieira’s Nice side scraped a 1-1 draw at Angers.

League leader Paris Saint-Germain is at home to Monaco on Sunday, and travels to Monaco on Wednesday.

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