Lyon thrash Marseille with three clear goals

On Sunday, Olympique Lyonnais defeated second-placed Olympique de Marseille 3-0 in an enthralling Ligue 1 match, preventing Jorge Sampaoli’s side from consolidating their hold on an automatic Champions League position.

Castello Lukeba, Moussa Dembele, and Karl Toko Ekambi each scored a goal to complicate Marseille’s return to Champions League competition next season, cutting their lead over both Rennes and Monaco to three points.

After receiving a long ball inside the box, Poland international Arkadiusz Milik should have put the home side ahead in the 10th minute, but his shot was stopped by the Lyon defense.

Just before halftime, Marseille had another wonderful opportunity, but Gerson’s brilliant cross was followed by Milik’s horrible mistake from within the six-yard box.

Lyon took advantage of the hosts’ missed chances to open the score in the 55th minute when Dembele’s close-range drive was stopped by Marseille goalkeeper Pau Lopez, but Lukeba’s follow-up strike found the bottom left corner.

Dembele extended the visitors’ advantage 20 minutes later, nodding home a beautiful cross from defender Malo Gusto for his 17th league goal of the season.

Just before the final whistle, Karl Toko Ekambi scored the third goal for the visitors, scoring from the corner of the six-yard box.

Marseille maintained the second position in the league with 65 points, but Rennes and Monaco, who both won 2-0 this weekend against St Etienne and Angers, are now three points behind. PSG, with 79 points, has already claimed the championship.

The top two clubs will automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage, while the third-placed team will compete in the third qualifying round.

Lyon, seventh in the league and unbeaten in 16 of their past 17 encounters against Marseille in all competitions, increased their chances of qualifying for European football, moving them five points away from a Europa Conference League slot.

With three games remaining, they will visit bottom-placed Metz on Sunday.

Marseille will travel to Lorient later that day, three days after hosting Feyenoord in the second leg of their Conference League semi-final, in which they want to avenge a 3-2 away defeat and advance to the final.

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