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Lyon doubles up Reims; Monaco beats Toulouse to keep pace

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The Canadian Press
1/19/2014 10:14:25 AM
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PARIS -- Monaco won 2-0 away to Toulouse in the French league on Sunday to keep up the pressure on leader Paris Saint-Germain ahead of its home match against Nantes.

Left back Layvin Kurzawa put Monaco ahead in the 36th minute with a low shot after being set up by midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, sweeping the ball in after running onto Kondogbia's cross from the left.

Lucas Ocampos came off the bench to add a second with a spectacular bicycle kick in the 88th. The Argentine winger replaced Colombia forward Radamel Falcao, after he missed three chances. Falcao has only scored once in his past five games for Monaco and appears short of form.

The win moved Monaco provisionally two points behind PSG.

"Toulouse had two or three chances but after that we played better and it was a good performance from us," Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said. "It's an important three points for us and it helps us get back on track."

Earlier, resurgent Lyon extended its unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions after securing a 2-0 win at Reims. Goals from striker Alexandre Lacazette and midfielder Gueida Fofana moved the seven-time French champion up to eighth place.

"It's a good win for us and the team played well collectively. It was a good performance on several levels," Lyon coach Remi Garde said. "We had a bit of luck because they hit the woodwork, but so did we for that matter. It's always pleasing not to concede any goals."

Lacazette took his league goal tally for the season to 10 after turning in left back Henri Bedimo's cross to give Lyon the lead in the 25th.

"We've started the year well," Lacazette said. "A while ago we might not have won this match."

Midfielder Yoann Gourcuff went close with a 30-meter freekick and striker Bafetimbi Gomis had a late effort saved. Fofana wrapped up the win with a fine finish in the 84th after being set up by captain Maxime Gonalons.

The only downside for Lyon was a dislocated shoulder for defender Miguel Lopes. He landed heavily following an aerial challenge and was replaced by Mehdi Zeffane midway through the second half.

Lyon celebrates (Photo: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images)
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