Jason Denayer's second-half header was the difference as Olympique Lyonnais ground out a 1-0 win over Amiens SC on Sunday.
Amiens SC 0 - 1 Olympique Lyonnais
This was the second meeting of these clubs in four days at the Stade de la Licorne, with Lyon seeking a repeat performance after winning 2-0 in the round of 32 of the Coupe de France on Thursday. Bruno Genesio's team had also won in Picardy in the Coupe de la Ligue just before the winter break, but they were made to fight more here than in either of those cup encounters.
Amiens got men behind the ball and threatened on the counter-attack in the first half, coming closest from a Thomas Monconduit long-range effort that was tipped over by OL 'keeper Anthony Lopes (17').
Genesio had recalled the likes of Ferland Mendy, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay to his starting line-up after resting them for the Coupe de France win, but the visitors were below-par in the first half before turning up the heat after the restart.
Gurtner keeps score down
Nabil Fekir had a shot saved by Régis Gurtner and then Maxwel Cornet skipped inside and tested Gurtner with a strike that the Amiens custodian batted away (49'). From the resulting corner, Lyon took the lead. Amiens could only partially clear their lines, and the ball came back to Memphis Depay wide on the right. The Dutchman swung in a cross and Denayer - also back after being rested in the Coupe de France - rose to head home at the far post (51').
Only Gurtner prevented Lyon from going on to win by more goals, as the goalkeeper saved notably from Fekir and Depay, before also denying Moussa Dembélé late on. It was not a vintage OL display, but they dug out the victory to make it three wins from three away games in eight days in all competitions.
After a fourth win out of four against Amiens this season, Lyon consolidate their grip on third spot and keep up the pressure on LOSC in second, but Amiens now find themselves in the relegation play-off place. They are now five Ligue 1 Conforama games without a win.
THE PLAYER: Jason Denayer
The Belgian defender made a decisive contribution as he headed in the only goal of the game - his second Ligue 1 Conforama goal after netting the winner at home to AS Saint-Etienne back in November. Denayer also helped his side keep a precious clean sheet as they ended a gruelling January with three points.
THE STAT: 401
Amiens have now gone four home games without a win or a goal in all competitions. Indeed, close to seven hours have passed - 401 minutes in total - since they last scored at the Stade de la Licorne, with Cheick Timité getting the winner against Valenciennes FC in the Coupe de France on January 5.