Lens condemn Lyon to third loss

Lalaina Nomenjanahary

Lalaina Nomenjanahary

Struggling Lens stunned Lyon 1-0 on Sunday for their first win of the season in the French league.

Lens winger LalainaNomenjanahary slotted the ball into an empty net to finish off a counterattack in the 11th minute to hand Lyon its third straight defeat in all competitions.

“We put ourselves in trouble by conceding an early goal. Afterwards, we couldn’t find the solution to score,” Lyon defender Christophe Jallet said. “The trouble is that our confidence is eroding with such performances.”

Lens won promotion after finishing runner-up in the second division but has been barred from signing new players by the French league’s financial watchdog.

Elsewhere, Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil stopped a penalty in a 0-0 draw with Saint-Etienne. Monaco visit Nantes later on Sunday.

On Saturday, it was: Guingamp 0, Marseille 1; Bastia 1, Toulouse 0; Lille 2, Lorient 0; Montpellier 2, Metz 0; Nice 1, Bordeaux 3; and Reims 0, Caen 2.

Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain were held 0-0 at Evian on Friday.

Lens converted their first scoring chance when winger YoannTouzghar outpaced the Lyon defense to feed Nomenjanahary for the winner.

The visitors had several opportunities to increase their lead in the second half. Touzghar bore down on goal in the 58th but was denied by Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Lens midfielder WylanCyprien then hit the bar with a free kick a minute later.

Lyon were vulnerable on the fast break and were lucky to see Touzghar send a sliding effort over the bar from close range in the 61st.

The hosts could have salvaged a draw in the 80th but Lyon midfielder Steed Malbranque struck the post from a tight angle.

In a tactical match at the GeoffroyGuichard stadium, Rennes frustrated Saint-Etienne and could have opened the scoring in the 37th but a volley from winger Pedro Henrique crashed against the post.

Saint-Etienne striker MevlutErding was awarded a generous penalty in the 41st but Costil stopped his low spot kick. Erding then made a solo run in the 46th and had his angled strike punched away by Costil.

Saint-Etienne trail leaders Bordeaux by two points after the first three games.

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