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Round 8 review: PSG back on top, OL back on track

Publish on 26/10/2020 at 10:00 - S. WILLIS


PSG bagged a sixth-straight win, 4-0 over Dijon, to slide into top spot, while OL made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, thumping Monaco 4-1. Meanwhile, Bordeaux's Jimmy Briand hit his long-awaited 100th Ligue 1 Uber Eats goal...

The Ligue 1 Uber Eats table took on a familiar aspect in Round 8 as the Paris Saint-Germain juggernaut returned to its customary place atop the standings with a dominant 4-0 win over bottom - and still winless - Dijon. Italy international Moise Kean was at the double, scoring his first two goals since arriving on loan from Everton, with Kylian Mbappé coming off the bench to take his season tally to six goals, with five in his last three matches!

"It's a very good feeling. We'll move on and work to play the Champions League game. My first goal, I got a good ball and I attacked the near post. The second, Ney gave me a great pass when he could have shot. He passed and I scored. I thank him for that," said 20-year-old striker Kean, aware that it will be crucial to bounce back from defeat to Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Basaksehir. "We had a defeat, but we must never give in, we have to continue to win everything. It was important to win this evening, that'll give us a bit of confidence for the Champions League match."

Depay, Toko Ekambi fire

Also good for the confidence was the return of fit-again captain Marquinhos, not to mention Neymar's picking up two assists and playing a key role in Mbappé's second. So too captain Memphis Depay was key as Olympique Lyonnais rose to to sixth with a 4-1 hiding of Niko Kovac's Monaco at the Groupama Stadium.

The Dutchman bagged OL's first, started the counter that led to the second and provided the cheeky back-heel that led to Houssem Aouar's penalty, while Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi picked up a brace to take his tally to four goals in two matches - all in the first half! Wissam Ben Yedder hit back from the spot for Monaco but the night was Lyon's, despite losing youngster Marvin Bard to a red late in the piece.

"We had a perfect first half and controlled things. But we should have been better in the second half. I am really disappointed with what we did after going 4-0 up," said the OL captain before answering the seemingly inevitable questions about his near-miss non-move to Barcelona over the summer. "I have always been focused on Lyon, even when there were rumours of transfers. I am happy to be here and when I play I want to be the best I can be and bring a lot to the team."

Nice, LOSC lock horns

Meanwhile LOSC, league leaders heading into the round, could have stayed a step ahead of PSG as they travelled to Nice full of confidence after smashing Sparta Prague 4-1 away in the Europa League. However, Patrick Vieira's side - who fell to a 6-2 drubbing in Leverkusen in the same competition - had what it took to hold the high-flyers to a 1-1 draw.

"We deserved a point for our efforts, but we were less good because Nice played well - and sometimes very well. We can be frustrated of course, but sometimes you just have to accept it and not be picky. It's the first time we've fallen behind, and we reacted well," explained a circumspect LOSC boss Christophe Galtier ahead of Thursday's home clash against Celtic.

Opposite number Patrick Vieira - whose side take on Israeli outfit Hapoël Beer Sheva at home on Thursday - was of a similar mind: "It's point won, against a good Lille team. But there is still a bit of frustration because we played a very serious match, with a lot of personality. We were hurt by the defeat at Leverkusen and this reaction was very positive. We must continue to work and believe in our strength."

Champions League tests loom

Rennes' winless run stretched to four matches in all competitions as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Angers - a result that does little for the confidence as they look to improve on their opening Champions League draw with Krasnodar when they travel to Sevilla on Wednesday.

Marseille bounced back from European defeat at the hands of Olympiacos with a 1-0 win over Lorient courtesy of new boy Leonardo Balerdi, climbing to fourth on the Ligue 1 Uber Eats table ahead of Tuesday's daunting Champions League visit of Manchester City to the Orange Vélodrome.

Finally! Jimmy cracks his ton!

It was party time in Bordeaux as Les Girondins got the better of feisty Nîmes 2-0, striker Jimmy Briand ending the eight-month wait for his 100th Ligue 1 Uber Eats goal with a triumphant spot-kick following a foul on Hatem Ben Arfa in the area.

Dia runs riot in Montpellier

There were plenty of other goal-scoring exploits in Round 8, however, with Reims' Boulaye Dia bagging the club's first top-flight hat-trick in 42 years and youngster Nathanael Mbuku hitting a spectacular debut Ligue 1 Uber Eats strike to clinch a 4-0 win - the Champagne-region club's first of the season - away to a nine-man Montpellier sorely missing suspended playmaker Téji Savanier. 


Sainté slump, Strasbourg shine

Elsewhere Saint-Etienne's crisp early-season form seems to be giving way to the doldrums, Claude Puel's men slipping to 13th with a 2-0 loss in Metz, while Brest came unstuck 3-0 at home to an ebullient Strasbourg side for whom new signing Habib Diallo bagged a second in as many appearances since signing from Metz.

RC Lens' home clash with FC Nantes was postponed after a spate of 11 COVID diagnoses tore through the northerners' squad.

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