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Kadewere scores opener as Lyon fire 3 past Strasbourg

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  • “I’m very happy with the goal but also for the team,’’ Kadewere told LyonTV. “We needed a victory. We had a good match, we worked together."

ZIMBABWE international forward Tino Kadewere scored his first ever Ligue 1 goal on Sunday as Olympique Lyon downed Racing Club Strasbourg to 3-2 with captain Memphis Depay providing three assists.

The Gones are back to winning ways as Rudi Garcia men put an end to three consecutive draws since the season start with Tino Kadewere scoring the opener for Lyon away to Strasbourg.

The 24-year-old forward becomes the fourth Zimbabwean player to score in the French top-flight.

The Zimbabwean hitman fired his team into the lead, in the 12th minute, before a double by Cameroonian international forward, Karl Toko Ekambi, inside the first half, appeared to have given them full control of the game.

Dutch skipper, Memphis Depay, who remains on the radar of Spanish giants, Barcelona, provided all the three assists.

However, the home side fought back to provide a nervy finish to the match but Lyon held on for maximum points for only their second win of the season.

They have drawn four and lost one of their league matches.

“I’m very happy with the goal but also for the team,’’ Kadewere told LyonTV. “We needed a victory. We had a good match, we worked together.

“It was very important to us. The end was tough, but we stayed together.”

His fellow scorer, Ekambi, said it was refreshing that, for a change, they had found their accuracy in front of goal.

“We’ve had this lack of being clinical in front of goal for a while,’’ he said.

“We have found the goal again and it feels good. The problem is behind us.

“We did some great things in training and we were able to reproduce them here.

“We played a beautiful match. We were strong defensively, we were able to hold on and get the result.”

Coach, Rudi Garcia, who later replaced Kadewere with Moussa Dembele in the 64th minute, said his men fully deserved their victory.

“We know it’s difficult to come and win here. We did it. It’s a deserved victory with three goals scored. Our attackers were efficient,’’ he said.

“Those who came on as substitues helped us a lot.

“This is a result that we all worked for together. In terms of our style, we looked like we usually do but we were more efficient. We want to follow this result up to go back to the top of the table.

“There are still things upon which we can improve, such as the goal conceded at the end of the first period. We were able to battle after the break and have plenty of chances to seal the result.”

Meanwhile, Lyon will host AS Monaco next Sunday during matchday 8 of the league. ■

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