Lacazette at the double as OL score valuable win
Olympique Lyonnais sharpshooter Alexandre Lacazette netted a double as his side ended Toulouse's 100% home record, winning 2-1 despite Rafael being sent off.
Lacazette was again Lyon's inspiration and the forward now has nine Ligue 1 goals for the season, just one behind Edinson Cavani, the division's top scorer. OL survived an early scare when Martin Braithwaite missed a pointblank range header and Lacazette made TFC pay as he opened the scoring on the quarter-hour, netting a penalty warded for an Issa Diop foul on Rachid Ghezzal. It made it four Ligue 1 goals of his last five from the spot for Lacazette, despite young Alban Lafont getting something on the ball.
Christopher Jullien equalised in the 26th-minute with a dominant header from an Oscar Trejo free-kick that beat Anthony Lopes to his right. An eighth Toulouse goal out of 15 from set-plays, it set Lyon nerves jangling after their shocking run of five losses in six games in all competitions.
Toulosue dominated the bulk of the first half but within seven minutes of the restart Lyon reclaimed the lead. Corentin Tolisso sent Lacazette running in behind and the attacker took Lafont out of the picture before rolling the ball home into the empty net.
Four minutes later OL were down to ten men as Rafael was dismissed for a second yellow card and within minutes Bruno Genesio attempted to shore things up by hauling off attackers Nabil Fekir and Maxwel Cornet and replacing them with Lucas Tousart and Maciej Rybus respectively.
Toulouse laboured despite their extra man and the closest either team came to adding to the scoreline was when Ghezzal lost out in a one-on-one with Lafont in the last couple of minutes.
The points lifted Lyon onto 16, now 15 points shy of president Jean-Michel Aulas' winter break target.
THE PLAYER: Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette broke through the 100-goal barrier in this game and is now on 101 in all competitions, overtaking Juninho to become the fourth-most prolific scorer in OL's history.
THE STAT: 4
Lyon have beaten Toulouse four times running for the first time since 2005.