Beau­vue scores against old club as Lyon beat Guingamp


For­ward Clau­dio Beau­vue came off the bench to score against his for­mer club as Lyon earned a hard- fought 1-0 win away to Guingamp in the French league on Satur­day.

Lyon signed Beau­vue from Guingamp in the off­sea­son af­ter he scored 17 league goals last term, many of those play­ing as a winger. He pounced in the 79th minute with a loop­ing header from midfielder Jor­dan Ferri’s right-wing cross.

“We didn’t give up. I’m pleased for the team,” Beau­vue said. “We know we still have some work to do.”

Lyon boasted its her­alded strike duo of Alexan­dre La­cazette and Na­bil Fekir -- who scored 40 league goals be­tween them last sea­son -- and new sign­ing Mathieu Val­buena, but none of them threat­ened much, although Fekir went close with a curl­ing free kick mid­way through the first half.

“We’ll have to keep work­ing hard to be more dan­ger­ous in at­tack,” said La­cazette, who topped last sea­son’s scor­ing charts with 27 goals and re­cently signed a new con­tract to end spec­u­la­tion about a move.

The win gives Lyon four points, two less than pro­vi­sional leader Caen, which sealed a sec­ond straight win af­ter beat­ing Toulouse 1-0 at home thanks to a 70th minute goal from cen­ter half Damien Da Silva.

Toulouse striker Wis­sam Ben Yed­der hit the cross­bar with a firm header just sec­onds from the end.

Also Satur­day, Saint-Eti­enne’s poor record against Bordeaux con­tin­ued as it con­ceded a last­minute goal to draw 1-1.

Winger Ro­main Hamouma gave Saint-Eti­enne the lead in the 58th minute, only for Bordeaux for­ward Henri Saivet to score from a free kick.

The draw means Saint-Eti­enne has now won only three of its past 24 matches against Bordeaux.

“We started the sec­ond half well but then tired­ness crept in,” Hamouma said. “That’s the third di­rect free kick we’ve con­ceded from in two games. It’s a real pity for the three points.”

The home side im­proved in the sec­ond half and, af­ter striker Nolan Roux went close with a back heel, Hamouma scored with a low shot from the left side of the penalty area.

But Saivet found a gap in the de­fen­sive wall and curled in a free kick.

Else­where, Pol­ish striker Kamil Grosicki scored his first goal for Rennes as the Brit­tany side beat last-place Mont­pel­lier 1-0, and 10-man Troyes clawed back from 3-1 down to se­cure a 3-3 home draw against Nice.

Troyes took the lead through striker Cor­rentin Jean’s sec­ond­minute goal, but for­mer France winger Hatem Ben Arfa equal­ized and striker Alas­sane Plea made it 2-1 af­ter 15 min­utes.

Then, af­ter Troyes cen­ter-half Chris Mavinga was sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card in the 30th, de­fender Maxime Le Marc­hand made it 3-1 close to half­time. But Troyes roared back thanks to goals from midfielder Fa­bien Ca­mus and then midfielder Xavier Thi­ago lev­eled in the 90th.

In Satur­day’s other match, Angers drew 0-0 at home to Nantes.

On Sun­day, PSG hosts pro­moted side Gaz­elec Ajac­cio and trou­bled Mar­seille -- look­ing for a new coach af­ter Marcelo Bielsea’s shock res­ig­na­tion mo­ments af­ter last week­end’s open­ing game -trav­els to Reims.

Lori­ent faces other match.

Am­bi­tious Monaco, which fin­ished third last sea­son, dropped points in a 0-0 draw at home to Lille on Fri­day night.




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