FRANCE: Zim star Kadewere hits two as Lyon edge local rivals

By ZBC Reporter

Zimbabwe international Tino Kadewere was delighted with his performance Sunday as he grabbed a brace to help his Olympique Lyon side down St-Etienne.

Lyon moved into fifth place on the table by beating strugging rivals Saint-Etienne 2-1 with Kadewere fulfilling a his pre-match prediction that he’d score twice.

“I’m very happy with my goals,” the striker said after the game.

“It’s true that I dreamt of them. It’s incredible! It’s an important win that helps us climb the table. It’s for the fans!”

He added; We have a good group and we work well together. We’re like a family. Everyone made sure I adapted as quickly as possible.

“Tonight, we won together. I scored twice, but it was the whole team who did what it took to win.”

The 24-year-old Zimbabwean international scored in the 65th and 74th minutes after Lyon had fallen behind in the first half.

Saint-Etienne benefitted when Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes managed to put through his own goal five minutes before the interval.

Lopes had saved well from a header by Denis Bouanga but then seconds later fumbled a cross from the same player across his own line.

Bouanga then missed a penalty in the 87th minute which would have given Saint-Etienne a point.

For Rudi Garcia’s Lyon, it was a third win in four games while their local rivals slumped to a sixth successive loss.

“I’m happy for Tino who is appreciated by everyone. He has the qualities of a finisher,” said Garcia.

Meanwhile, in other games Lille followed up their midweek triumph over AC Milan with a 3-2 defeat at Brest.

Lille remain second in the French top-flight five points behind Paris Saint-Germain and one above Rennes after suffering their first loss since February.

The team that thumped Milan 3-0 at the San Siro on Thursday failed to leave enough in the tank to see off Brittany outfit Brest, who had lost three in a row.

Elsewhere, Monaco are now sixth following a 2-1 victory at Nice.

Axel Disasi headed in a corner to put Monaco ahead on 23 minutes and Sofiane Diop punished a mistake by Stanley Nsoki to double the lead early in the second half.

Pierre Lees-Melou scored a consolation for Nice as Patrick Vieira’s side were beaten for the first time in six matches.

On Saturday, Angel Di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain made short work of Rennes despite a raft of absences in a 3-0 win with the Argentine striking in each half and Moise Kean scoring the other.

PSG’s win was their eighth in a row in Ligue 1 and came as under-fire coach Thomas Tuchel battles with an injury crisis that has left him without the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Marco Verratti.

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