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Ligue 1: Monaco thrash Lorient to move two clear at the top

Monaco's Brazilian mildfielder Gabriel Boschilia celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Monaco (ASM) and Lorient (FCL)
Image: Gabriel Boschilia scored twice for Monaco

Gabriel Boschilia and Valere Germain both struck twice as Monaco beat Lorient 4-0 on Sunday to move two points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Brazilian striker Boschilia netted a brace inside the opening half hour as Monaco punished slack Lorient defending in driving rain at the Stade Louis II before Germain curled in a third on 37 minutes.

The Frenchman then grabbed his second on the hour as Leonardo Jardim's free-scoring side collected a fifth win in six games to claim the outright lead, following Nice's 1-1 draw at Bastia on Friday.

Third are Paris Saint-Germain, three points behind Monaco, and the two go head to head in the French capital next weekend.

Alexandre Lacazette netted a second-half brace to get Lyon back to winning ways in a 3-1 success at home against Marseille.

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) vs Marseille (OM)
Image: Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring against Marseille

Mathieu Valbuena opened the hosts' account two minutes before the break with Lacazette's double on 61 and 75 minutes moving him second in the Ligue 1 top scorers list with 17 goals.

Marseille's Brazilian defender Doria got a goal back for the visitors who drop one spot to seventh.

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Earlier, Saint-Etienne beat struggling Angers 2-1, to move ahead of Marseille into sixth position.

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