Olympique Lyonnais have returned to winning ways a few days after being knocked out of the Coupe de France.
Laurent Blanc’s men were sent out of the Cup by Nantes during the midweek.
With this win 3-1 over Stade Rennais FC, they have put the loss behind them, dealing a big blow to the Brittany side’s European hopes.
With the hope of bouncing back from their defeat at FC Nantes in midweek in the Coupe de France semi-finals, the host went behind in the 11th minute at the Groupama Stadium as Amine Gouiri moved past Sinaly Diomandé before scoring with an emphatic finish against his former club.
After going behind in the first half, Lyon turned the game around in the second half, with Corentin Tolisso scoring his Ligue 1 goal since April 2017 to restore parity.
After Tolisso’s stunning finish, Lyon began the fightback as the visitors failed to clear their defense line midway through the second half.
Johann Lepenant released a pass into the six-yard area for captain Alexandre Lacazette to score, giving them the lead.
Lyon eventually made the points safe with 11 minutes left as Bradley Barcola converted after a fine set-up play by Rayan Cherki.
This is a good response for Blanc’s side, that have lost just one of their last 11 league games as they chase qualification for Europe.
After this win, they have reduced the gap between them and sixth-place Rennais FC, that have lost eight out of 15 league games played since the World Cup break.
In the other league games, leaders Paris Sainte-Germaine returned to winning ways with a 2-0 away at OGC Nice, while Lens continued their winning run with a victory against Strasbourg.
Angers secured an important win against Lille, while Toulouse secured an away win against Montpellier.