Lyon end home drought against Guingamp
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Bafétimbi Gomis helped Olympique Lyonnais get back to winning ways at their Stade de Gerland with a 2-0 triumph over ten-man En Avant de Guingamp.
Lyon had turned the Stade de Gerland into a fortress last season, where they lost just four of their 19 matches on their way to a third-place finish. This season Les Gones had only picked up two home wins from a possible six when high-flying top flight new boys Guingamp came to visit.
Alexandre Lacazette had lamented the lack of fear visiting teams had been showing in recent weeks, and, restored to the starting line-up at the expense of Jimmy Briand, it was he who gave OL the early advantage. Gueïda Fofana tested visiting goalkeeper Guy N'dy Assembé from a tight angle, and when the Cameroonian could only punch, Lacazette was on hand to poke home (12').
Lyon had not won at home since beating FC Nantes in Week 6, but any signs of nerves for Rémi Garde's side were settled moments after when Bafétimbi Gomis made it 2-0. Christophe Mandanne was caught in possession, leaving Gomis one-on-one with N'dy Assembé and the striker did well to chip home for his third goal in as many starts (13').
Quiet debut for Gorgelin
OL lost first choice goalkeeper Anthony Lopes after a clash with Mustapha Yatabaré on the half hour, and with Rémy Vercoutre injured, Garde was left with no choice but to hand Mathieu Gorgelin his Ligue 1 debut (30'). The 23-year-old stopper, on Lyon's books since 2011, was given the gentlest of introductions to top flight football, with Guingamp barely able to muster a shot for the next hour.
One of the favourites for relegation after last season's promotion behind AS Monaco, Jocelyn Gourvennec's have defied expectations with their best start to a Ligue 1 season in 18 years, yet there was precious little of that recent form here. Moustapha Diallo was given his marching orders for two bookable offences less than ten minutes after entering the fray (53') and Guingamp were simply holding on from there on.
Mustapha Yatabaré might have given the visitors a glimmer of hope soon after, but he was unable to get on the end of Fatih Atık's wicked delivery from the right-hand side (62') and Lyon were able grab the three points that see them now safely in 11th place, seven points clear of the drop zone.