Lyon wins in Toulouse and clings to Europe

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Lyon, winner on the wire in Toulouse (2-1) Friday at the opening of the 31st day of Ligue 1, thanks in particular to the 19th goal of the season from Alexandre Lacazette, remains in the race for Europe with this third consecutive success .

On a good dynamic since the start of the return phase, OL, undefeated for seven matches in the league, confirmed their last two victorious outings against Paris (1-0) and Rennes (3-1).

The Rhone club returns before the other meetings of the day to two points from Lille and the fifth qualifying place for the Europa League Conference, its ultimate objective this season after being beaten last week by Nantes (1-0) in semi- French Cup final.

A competition that the TFC, qualified for its side for the final at the Stade de France on April 29, already has in mind now that its maintenance in the elite is almost certain, with 12 points ahead of the first relegation.

“We are going to win the Coupe de France”, sang in the rain on Friday the Toulouse supporters, weaned from the title since 1957.

They can partly be reassured by the reaction capacity of their team, which quickly responded to Lacazette’s opener.

After having failed in the exercise against PSG, the former Gunner transformed a penalty caused by the young Brazilian Jeffinho with a perfect counter-foot, moving in attack in place of Bradley Barcola, suspended (0-1, 34th ).

Returning up to Kylian Mbappé (PSG) and Jonathan David (Lille) at the top of the L1 top scorer rankings, the Lyon striker missed the break with his header three minutes later when he found himself alone against on goal from a corner kick.

Toulouse equalized in stride, on the counter-attack, thanks to its Moroccan international Zakaria Aboukhlal (1-1, 37th), opportunist on a poor clearance from the Lyon defense.

Rich in clear chances on both sides, with in particular a strike on the crossbar by OL midfielder Corentin Tolisso (65th) and several saves from goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, the match finally changed to another error from the left side. Chilean Téfécé Gabriel Suazo, already guilty on the penalty.

Rayan Cherki, once again very valuable, took advantage of his offering in the last minutes to push Logan Costa to score against his camp under pressure from Lacazette (1-2, 88th) and allow the Lyonnais to still dream of Europe .

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