ZIMBABWE Warriors prolific goal-getter Tino Kadewere scored the only goal of the game as Olympique Lyonnais beat Paris Saint-Germain in a top-of-the-table French Ligue 1 clash at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.
The Zimbabwean forward’s 35th minute strike took the visiting Lyon side joint-top with Lille while PSG, who featured their stars including Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe, dropped into third place.
With Lille having moved provisionally top of the table earlier in the day following their 2-1 win over Bordeaux, both sides knew they could snatch first place with a win – although for Lyon they needed to do so by three goals to claim it outright.
Kadewere has become a regular fixture for Lyon since his arrival from Ligue 2 club Le Havre in the summer with Sunday’s strike stretching his tally to five goals and an assist after 13 Ligue 1 appearances.
Thanks to the first-half goal, Lyon overtook PSG in the league table as they climbed to second, level on 29 points with leaders Lille after 14 matches but Kadewere has his sights set on a bigger feat after ‘a great night’ at Parc des Princes.
“It was a great night for the team, we did play well together,” Kadewere said. “I am happy to have given the victory to my team. We worked a lot this week to achieve this success.
“The title? To be honest, I want us to qualify for the Champions League. It would be a dream. If we continue like this, working very hard, we have our chances of finishing first. It would be difficult. We never know.”
Kadewere’s fifth goal made Lyon the only team to have three players score five or more goals in Europe’s top five leagues this season, after Toko Ekambi (seven goals) and Memphis Depay (six goals).
Toko Ekambi, meanwhile, hailed the team’s overall performance to preserve their early lead.
“We are very solid. It’s important to be able to keep a score. I feel at ease in this team. We get along very well upfront and it’s natural to serve Tino for the goal,” he added.
Rudi Garcia’s side will hope to extend their five-game winning streak in the French top-flight when they host Brest for their next fixture on Wednesday.
PSG: Navas – Diallo (Kehrer, 29′), Danilo, Kimpembe (cap.) – Florenzi, Verratti (Gueye, 64′), Danilo, Paredes (Herrera, 64′), Bakker – Di Maria (Mbappe, 64′), Kean (Rafinha, 73′), Neymar. Manager: Thomas Tuchel.
OL: Lopes – Dubois (De Sciglio, 65′), Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet – Paqueta (Caqueret, 88′), Mendes, Aouar (Guimaraes, 77′) – Toko Ekambi, Memphis (cap.) (Dembélé, 77′), Kadewere (Diomande, 77′). Manager: Rudi Garcia. – Goal.com / Herald ■