Genesio: Les Gones still gunning for third

Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio declared Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Metz "mission accomplished" as his side cemented fourth place in the Ligue 1 standings.

The fixture originally took place back in December, but was abandoned in the 31st minute with Les Grenats leading 1-0, after a firecracker had been thrown at Les Gones keeper Anthony Lopes.

The French Football League ordered that the match be replayed behind closed doors at Stade Saint-Symphorien, and the visitors did enough to come away with all three points on this occasion.

Alexandre Lacazette gave them the lead early in the second half before two late goals from Jordan Ferri and Corentin Tolisso sealed a first win in three league outings for Genesio's team.

The 50-year-old Frenchman admitted the empty stadium affected the performance of his players in the first half, but was happy with their response after the restart as the Champions League dream was kept alive.

"The context of the match [played behind closed doors] worked against us in the first half," Genesio said after the match. "We were passive in the challenge, wasted possession and there wasn't much movement.

"It was average from us and we were dominated by Metz. Fortunately for us, they didn't convert the two or three chances they had. Then we managed to turn things around in the second half.

"We had an opportunity tonight to widen the gap between us and Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux and Marseille. Mission accomplished.

"Now we need to keep hoping that it will be a final [for third place] against Nice at the Parc OL on the last day of the season, even though it looks complicated and very difficult. But in football, you never know…"

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