Ligue 1 round-up: Memphis Depay stunner enough for Lyon to beat PSG
Last Updated: 22/01/18 7:24am
Memphis Depay scored a late winner for Lyon in their 2-1 win over Paris St Germain, who had Dani Alves sent off early in the second half.
The home side got off to the perfect star with Nabil Fekir's free-kick two minutes into the game catching PSG keeper Alphonse Areola off his line.
The visitors were level in first-half stoppage time thanks to Layvin Kurzawa's volley following good work by Alves.
The Brazilian however, was sent off following a late tackle on the impressive Tanguy Ndombele, leaving Unai Emery's side to play the final 33 minutes with 10 men.
Just as it looked as though the league leaders would earn a point, Memphis Depay scored the winner for Lyon with a great strike from the edge of the box.
The defeat leaves the Parisians nine points clear at the top of the table.
Wylan Cyprien's early free-kick was enough to maintain Nice's pursuit of Ligue 1's top four as they secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over St Etienne.
Leo Lacroix, Paul Georges Ntep and Loic Perrin had all threatened for the visitors in quick succession before Cyprien struck with 22 minutes played, and from that point on, the home side started to flex their muscles.
Mario Balotelli went close to a second two minutes before the break and Patrick Burner and Bassem Srarfi after it, but they could not increase their lead and keeper Walter Benitez had to make a late save from Gabriel Silva after Yann M'Vila had only just missed the target as St Etienne finished strongly.
Monaco needed a late strike from substitute Rony Lopes to finally end 10-man Metz's stubborn resistance.
The home side took the lead in first-half injury time when full-back Jorge fired home from distance, and they were handed a significant advantage five minutes after the restart when Metz keeper Eiji Kawashima was dismissed for a challenge on striker Adama Diakhaby.
Monaco made the pressure tell within 17 minutes when frontman Rachid Ghezzal extended their lead from Thomas Lemar's pass.
However, the bottom-of-the-table visitors gave themselves hope when Ibrahim Niane dragged them back into it with a 72nd-minute header to set up a tense conclusion.
But Lopes dispelled the nerves with a close-range finish nine minutes from time to keep his side firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish.
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