14.02.2016 17:01 h

Lyon win again to boost top three hopes

Lyon recorded their third successive big win in Ligue 1 on Sunday, thumping Caen 4-1 to further boost their hopes of snatching Champions League qualification from a frustrating season.

Samuel Umtiti, Alexandre Lacazette, Maxwell Cornet and Corentin Tolisso all scored for OL with Andy Delort replying for Caen as Lyon bounced back from their 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup during the week.

Bruno Genesio's side had won 3-0 against both Bordeaux and Angers in their previous two league outings and this latest success moves them up to third in the table, although both Nice and Saint-Etienne can leapfrog them when they play later against Marseille and Monaco respectively.

Umtiti opened the scoring with 10 minutes played following a Mathieu Valbuena set-piece and Lacazette netted his 10th league goal of the season to double the lead six minutes later.

Young forward Cornet slotted home the third on the stroke of half-time and Tolisso's deflected strike sealed the points late on after Delort had pulled a goal back with his ninth of the campaign just before the hour mark.

On Saturday, runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain extended their record-breaking unbeaten league run to 35 matches but they had to settle for a point in a 0-0 draw at home to Lille in their final outing before facing Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc rested the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta and Maxwell, while Edinson Cavani missed their best chance, somehow blasting off target with the goal gaping after Lille keeper Vincent Enyeama dropped a cross.

The capital club are an enormous 25 points clear but Monaco can trim that lead slightly when they visit Saint-Etienne later.

Among Saturday's other games, Nantes beat Lorient 2-1 to make it 15 games unbeaten between league and cup. The Canaries are now sixth and right in contention for European qualification.