Gomis keeps Lyon top
A single goal from Bafétimbi Gomis was enough for league leaders Olympique Lyonnais as they beat champions Montpellier Hérault SC 1-0 to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack.
Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 Montpellier Hérault SC
While much of the talk in France this season has been about big-spending PSG, Lyon served notice of their intentions to see off Montpellier and move five points clear at the top of the table ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.
Like earlier in the week Bafetimbi Gomis was the hero as he scored his 10th goal of the season. frech from his first ever his first Ligue 1 hat-trick the 4-1 thrashing of title-rivals Marseille, Gomis scored on 26 minutes, which proved to be enough to see off the challenge of Montpellier.
Clement Grenier was the architect and his recision pas allowed Gomis to unleash a fierce shot on the run that proved to be too good for Jonathan Ligali, deputising for the injured Geoffrey Jourdren, in the visitor's goal on 26 minutes.
Grenier was in the thick of the action once again just moments later but this time Ligali got his angles right to palm away the youngster's free kick. Lyon were enjoying the lion's share of possession and the rejuvenated Steed Malbranque came close to underlining their superiority. Howeve fotune was shining on Ligali as the former Fulham man's shot fizzed pat the post (36') as the hosts went in at half time a goal up.
Montpellier have failed to match the heights of last season's stunning run to their first ever Ligue 1 title. but There were flashes of encouragement in the second period for coach René Girard. However it wasn't to be the champions' night; twice Lyon keeper Remy Vercoutre was on hand to deny Chilean midfielder Marco Estrada.
Senegal star Souleymane Camara also came close to pinching an equaliser with a little less than 20 minutes to go. The former Monaco and Nice favourite shifted in from the right hand side but his shot was just off target.
Lyon distance themselves from chasing pack
Gomis then nearly doubled his tally and Lyon's as the clock ticked down but Ligali was alert to the danger and it finished 1-0 to the seven-times champions who may be just starting to think about title number eight. Rémi Garde and the rest of the Lyon squad will be keeping a close eye on developments over the rest of the weekend. PSG are away at Nice while OM could also close the gap when they play Brest on Sunday.