Olympique Lyonnais returned to the top of the Ligue 1 table with a convincing 2-0 victory over Evian Thonon Gaillard.
Hubert Fournier’s young Gones demonstrated their class and cohesion once again with a comfortable 2-0 triumph in front of a poor Evian side at the Stade Gerland.
Goals from Clement Grenier and Alexandre Lacazette lifted Lyon back to top spot, although they will again cede the leadership should Paris Saint-Germain beat FC Nantes away in their game in hand on Sunday evening.
Grenier opened the scoring on 20 minutes with a fine free kick, having previously sent a similar set piece just wide in the first few minutes.
The midfielder, a former Arsenal target, has missed almost all of the season due to injury, but returned at the end of April and is succeeding in giving OL a second wind this term.
Another Lyon star being linked to certain Premier League clubs is striker Lacazette.
The forward—who is being linked with a move to both Arsenal and Liverpool—found the net with a penalty on 38 minutes.
Having broken Lyon’s record for goals scored in a season in his last match—against Stade de Reims—Lacazette is now in the process of embellishing his own place in history.
The spot kick came after Cameroon defender Dany Nounkeu was punished for a high foot on Corentin Tolisso.
Evian could have little complaint and headed into the break 2-0 down at half time.
Lyon had several occasions to extend their lead in the second period, with the likes of Clinton NJie and Nabil Fekir going close.
Evian too had chances to score, but both Clarck Nsikulu and substitute Alioune Fall missed chances that would have given Pascal Dupraz’s side a way back into the match.
The defeat leaves Les Roses inside the Ligue 1 relegation zone.
They have accrued only 37 points from their 35 matches to day, and with only three games to play find themselves one point behind Reims in 17th and two behind Stade Malherbe Caen, FC Lorient and Toulouse.