With a penalty converted by Moussa Dembelé after a quarter of an hour, it was enough for Lyon to beat the bottom team, Saint-Étienne (1-0) in the Rhône derby and add their second victory in a row in Ligue 1 that comes this weekend on his twenty-first day.
Dutchman Peter Bosz’s team is still far from its goals. Distant from the European positions and without a convincing game. Their triumph at the Olympic Park against Saint-Étienne, who have now lost seven in a row, also lacked brilliance.
A foul inside the box by Polish Timothee Kolodziejczak was sanctioned with a penalty by referee Antony Gautier. Moussa Dembélé did not fail from eleven meters, beat Paul Bernardoni and put the locals ahead.
Saint-Étienne, a history in crisis, lacked conviction in their attempt to react and it was enough for Lyon to manage the match as it suited them. Bosz’s side, who won again last weekend after five games without scoring the three points, maintained their advantage until the end, benefiting from the lack of precision and resources of a sunken rival.
The victory provisionally places Lyon tenth, three points from the European zone of the competition that marks Stade Rennes’s fifth place.