Paris: Forwards Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay each scored as Lyon beat Nimes 2-0 at home on Friday to move up to third place in Ligue 1.
The speedy Dembele netted midway through the first half, controlling a high ball over the top with his left foot and slotting it past the goalkeeper with his right after shrugging off a defender.
It was the 22-year-old Frenchman’s third league goal since a summer move from Scottish champion Celtic.
Depay has been searching for his best form but, boosted by strong performances for the Netherlands during the international break, he ended a drought for Lyon when he scored from close range in the 90th minute.
The win moved Lyon one point ahead of fourth-placed Marseille and two points behind Lille heading into this weekend’s games.
Before the international break, Lyon lost 5-0 at runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain, who look to make it 10 straight wins when they face Amiens at home on Saturday.
Also, France great Thierry Henry makes his coaching debut as struggling Monaco — down in 18th — travel to play Strasbourg.