Ligue 1’s second-place Lyon defeated Troyes 4-1 on Friday thanks to two goals from Brazilian forward Tete.
Tete’s efforts were made in the second half, as they trail winners Paris Saint-Germain on goal differential following goals from Nicolas Tagliafico and ex-Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette.
Troyes, who remain at the bottom of the standings and have yet to win this season, scored from the penalty spot thanks to Florian Tardieu.
Despite winning, Lyon coach Peter Bosz was disappointed that his team didn’t assert themselves until the second half.
After last weekend’s meeting at Lorient was delayed owing to an unusable pitch in Brittany, Lyon was playing their first match in a fortnight.
After giving up six goals in their initial two games, Bruno Irles’ Troyes were searching for their first victory of the year. After 2 minutes and nine seconds, Lacazette scored Lyon’s first goal and made it 1-0.
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Adil Rami, the captain of Troyes and the France World Cup winner, botched a pass back to his goalie, and Lacazette calmly sidefooted the ball into the goal.
After Thierno Balde was fouled in the area by Lyon’s left-back Tagliafico, the visitors had an opportunity to tie the score.
After 38 minutes, midfielder Tardieu stepped up to tie the score at 1-1 with his 12th league penalty kick since joining Troyes in 2019.
Three minutes later, Lacazette had an opportunity to give his team the lead back, but he shot straight at Gauthier Gallon, leaving the scores level at the half.
Lyon regained the lead following the break, courtesy of two goals in the same minutes. After 47 minutes, Tagliafico corrected his previous mistake, and Tete quickly made it 3-1 with a rebound.
With 30 minutes left in the game, Tete, who recently transferred from the Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk to Lyon, scored his second goal of the match and sealed the victory.