Jan 17, 2015 at 4pm UK at ​Stade Felix Bollaert
FT(HT: 0-2)
Gbamin (21' og.), Lacazette (26' pen.)

Result: Lyon secure win away at self-destructing Lens

Lyon extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to four points by securing a comfortable 2-0 win away at Lens at the Stade de la Licorne.

Lyon have extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to four points by securing a comfortable 2-0 win away at Lens in this afternoon's clash at the Stade de la Licorne.

The hosts were quickest off the starting blocks as a Pablo Chavarria header and a Alharbi El Jadeyaoui shot were both saved by Anthony Lopes in the first three minutes of the game.

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the French L1 football match Lens vs Olympique Lyonnais on January 17, 2015© Getty Images

Adamo Coulibaly then blasted wide moments later and saw an audacious effort from outside the box blocked before it could cause trouble.

However, Lyon were gifted the lead in the 21st minute when Jean-Philippe Gbamin clumsily turned the ball into his own net.

Lens set about trying to find an equaliser and came close when El Jadeyaoui saw his left-footed shot saved, while Lalaina Nomenjanahary missed the top left corner by inches.

The home side then shot themselves in the foot once again when Boubacar Sylla handled in the area, prompting the referee to gift Lyon a penalty that the free-scoring Alexandre Lacazette converted with ease.

From then on, Hubert Fournier's charges would not relinquish their lead, the sting having been largely taken out of the game.

Despite the occasional drive forward by Lens, most of their chances weren't as incisive as in the opening stages, and the visitors were able to see out the game with relative ease.

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Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette (R) celebrates with Lyon's French midfielder Corentin Tolisso (L) after scoring a goal during the French first division L1 football match against Nice on November 1, 2014
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