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Depay scores again as Lyon beats Nantes to go 2nd in Ligue 1

Depay scores again as Lyon beats Nantes to go 2nd in Ligue 1

PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored for the sixth straight game and created the other goal as Lyon beat Nantes 2-0 to move up to second place in the French league on Saturday.

He netted a superb strike in the 40th minute and helped set up Bertrand Traore in the 68th. Depay has scored or created 14 of Lyon's 18 last goals.

In the chase for an automatic place in next season's Champion League, Lyon is one point ahead of Monaco, which would retake second with a home win against Amiens later Saturday. Fourth-place Marseille needs to win at Angers on Sunday to move level on points with Lyon.

The team finishing third has to go through the playoffs, but Depay is doing his best to help Lyon take the direct route to Europe. He is finishing the season in the kind of form which saw the Netherlands forward once hailed as a future star .

Receiving a pass from Nabil Fekir on the edge of the penalty area, he flicked the ball behind his standing leg with his right foot and then whipped a fierce strike with his left into the bottom corner for his 16th league goal.

Midway through the second half, Depay cut inside from the left and beat two defenders. He was about to shoot but the ball ran to Traore, who slotted in from a better position.

"Of course I'm important to the team and I try to continue to the end of the season. But it's not only me, it's a collective," Depay said. "We have to win the last three games."

Depay, who joined from Manchester United midway through last season, would not say if he will stay if Lyon qualifies for the Champions League.

"That's a question I cannot answer," he told Canal Plus television. "I don't look at the future."

French champion Paris Saint-Germain hosts Guingamp on Sunday. PSG coach Unai Emery is leaving the club at the end of the season.

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Updated : 2020-12-01 23:35 GMT+08:00