Ligue 1 roundup: Schmeichel shines as Nice beat Lille, Lyon get welcome win
Paris, Jan 29, 2023 (AFP) - Kasper Schmeichel was in inspired form as Nice beat in-form Lille 1-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday, while Alexandre Lacazette was on target as struggling Lyon earned a morale-boosting win against Ajaccio.
Danish former Leicester City star Schmeichel made a series of key saves, including turning a Timothy Weah attempt onto a post, and Gaetan Laborde scored the only goal of the game at the other end for Nice.
It was a third match without defeat for interim Nice coach Didier Digard since he took over from the sacked Lucien Favre at the club owned by Ineos, current suitors of Manchester United.
The result ended an eight-game unbeaten run for Lille and dents their prospects of qualifying for Europe. Nice remain in mid-table but are now just six points behind them.
Lyon, another ambitious club enduring a difficult season, are above Nice on goal difference after claiming a 2-0 victory in Corsica.
Johann Lepenant put them ahead before ex-Arsenal striker Lacazette notched his 12th league goal of the season.
There were also wins on Sunday for Montpellier and Toulouse, while bottom side Angers lost 4-0 at Brest to suffer a Ligue 1 record-equalling 12th consecutive defeat.
Clermont and Nantes drew 0-0 in a game that did not feature a single shot on target.