Lyon boosted their European fortunes after beating host Nice 2-0 on Saturday, in the 24th stage of the French Ligue 1.
Lyon advanced to 6th place temporarily with 37 points, while Nice missed the second week in a row to regain second place from Marseille after freezing at 42 in third place, a point behind the Mediterranean club, which has a chance to move further away when he faces to Metz on Sunday.
Although Lyon went through a poor period in terms of results, with only 10 wins in the 24 stages, he was level with Rennes fifth, and again reconciled with the victories after losing to Monaco 0-2 in the previous stage.
Christophe Galtier’s men, on the other hand, suffered their second consecutive loss after a first against Clermont 0-1 in the previous stage after a series of 5 consecutive wins.
Moussa Dembele (8 from the penalty spot) and Cameroonian Karl Toko Ekambi (52) scored the winning goals for Lyon.
Lille returns to victory track
In a second match, defending champions Lille returned to the winning track with a hard-fought win over hosts Montpellier 1-0.
Lille owe their ninth win of the season to their Portuguese player Miguel Angelo Da Silva Rocha “Xeka”, who scored the only goal in the 77th minute.
Lille advanced to 8th place with 35 points at the expense of Montpellier, who fell to 9th by a point.
Lille entered this match after two consecutive losses to Brest 0-2 and Paris Saint-Germain 1-5 in the league and needed a good result to restore morale before heading to the English capital London on the 22nd this month to face Chelsea in the round of 16 of the Champions League.