Lyon strengthen second place in France





Lyon
continued their rise in the French elite division as they grabbed a 3-2 win
over Saint Germain to consolidate second place in the table after six rounds of
matches.
They
did so in spite of a red card for Thomas Balay, a measure of the intensity of
this battle. Balay had earlier scored from a penalty corner for the only goal
of the first half.
In
the third quarter, Stephane Panigoni converted a penalty stroke for 2-0 before
Jean-Baptiste Pauchet pulled one back. Gaspard Baumgarten (pictured), however, scored a corner
rebound for Lyon to earn them the points, rendering Pauchet’s late second goal
as academic.
The
win moves Lyon on to 13 points in second place with Saint Germain dropping to
fourth behind Paris Jean Bouin. They beat Le Touquet 2-1 with Fabien Magner
scoring both of the goals.
Racing
Club de France stay five points clear after they recorded an emphatic 8-4 win
over Lille. They led 3-0 inside the first quarter thanks to Jacinto Domingo’s
individual goal, Christopher Peters Deutz from a short corner and Maxime Cheron
with a strong shot into to the right corner of the net.
Dylan
Dominik added a fourth for a perfect half-time score. Lille were much better in
the second half and reduced the deficit to 2-4 via Igor Lockwood’s deflection
and a shot from Maxence Lecointe.
In
a spectacular close to the game, Domingo, Dominik and two from Jean-Laurent
Kieffer extended Racing’s scoring while Lecointe completed his hat trick, too.
Racing made it six wins from six.
Wattignies
recorded their first win of the season, beating CA Montrouge 5-2 in the day’s
other game.Picture: Grant Treeby