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Lyon lose at home to Lille in Ligue 1

Associated Press logo Associated Press 28/01/2017 Jerome Pugmire

Lyon winger Mathieu Valbuena has produced a contender for the French league's worst miss of the season when he fluffed an open goal as they lost at home to Lille 2-1.

Following good work down the right from substitute Maxwell Cornet, the ball fizzed across the area and landed perfectly for Valbuena with no defenders around him.

But he tried to smash it into the net from six metres out and it hit the crossbar.

Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made the noble gesture of comforting Valbuena, who buried his head in the net in disbelief at missing a chance to equalise with 20 minutes left.

"You can't condemn someone because they miss a chance," Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said.

"Even though it was a huge one."

Valbuena's bad day got worse when he gave away the penalty that led to Lille's second goal in the 80th, dispatched by former Lyon striker Yassine Benzia, who then got into an argument with goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and midfielder Maxime Gonalons, his ex-teammates.

The Lyon crowd greeted Benzia's second goal with vitriolic chanting, but should perhaps have saved it for their players.

The defeat left Lyon eight points behind third-place Paris Saint-Germain and four ahead of fifth-place Marseille, although Lyon has a game in hand.

Memphis Depay made his full debut for Lyon after joining last week from Manchester United, but the winger did not make much of an impression.

Depay came off midway through the second half and Cornet made far more of an impact.

In other matches, Bordeaux moved to sixth place after a 2-0 win away to Nancy while Rennes needed a late equaliser from defender Joris Gnagnon to draw at home to Nantes 1-1.

Last-place Lorient looked set for a much-needed win before conceding two late goals in a 3-2 home loss to Dijon.

Angers moved away from the relegation zone after a 2-1 home win against Metz while in the other match Corsican side Bastia drew with fellow struggler Caen 1-1.

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