Lyon beats Evian 3-0 to extend unbeaten run to 12

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PARIS (AP) -- Alexandre Lacazette took his league tally for the season to 12 as Lyon beat Evian 3-0 in the French league on Sunday to extend its unbeaten run to 12 matches and move up to fifth place.

Lyon had a difficult start to the season, beset by problems due to the friction between president Jean-Michel Aulas and striker Bafetimbi Gomis -- who did not want to be sold despite his president's insistence that the club needed money. But now Lyon is making a late charge for a Champions League place.

Saint-Etienne's 2-0 defeat away to Bordeaux means that Lyon is only three points behind Saint-Etienne, which is in fourth place, and seven points behind third-place Lille.

"We applied ourselves very well. We scored three goals and we didn't concede any, we're keeping our run going," Lyon coach Remi Garde said. "Evian are not easy to play against, they're a very compact team and defend with a lot of determination."

Gomis gave Lyon the lead in the 19th minute. Maxime Gonalons headed on from Clement Grenier's corner and, after his effort was cleared, Gomis collected the ball and turned sharply to shoot past goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait for his eighth league goal of the season.

Shortly after Jonathan Mensah was sent off, Lyon went 2-0 up in the 43rd. Evian gave the ball away carelessly in midfield and Gueida Fofana sent Lacazette through on goal, and the forward clipped the ball neatly past Laquait.

"I didn't get many chances but I took them," Lacazette said. "It's good for me and for the team. On the first goal it was just a matter of instinct."

Lacazette added his second in the 76th after being set up by substitute Jimmy Briand. With France's assistant coach Guy Stephan watching from the stands, Lacazette chose a good time to push his claims for a spot in Didier Deschamps' national team ahead of the World Cup later this year.

"I know Didier won't pick his squad based on this match," Lacazette said. "I have to keep going."

Lyon could have scored more, with Grenier going close with a swerving free kick from 35 meters that Laquait struggled to keep out. When Nabil Fekir came on for Lacazette he had a good chance alone in the penalty area but Laquait saved his effort.

Meanwhile, Bordeaux's win moved it up to ninth spot. Midfielder Abdou Traore and Brazilian center half Henrique scored the goals.

Later, it's Monaco vs. Marseille.

League leader PSG was held 1-1 at mid-table Guingamp on Saturday, needing a late header from Alex to salvage a draw.