Dembele scores and leads Lyon to victory in the French league

Paris: Olympique Lyon maintained their hopes of qualifying for next season’s European Championship after Moussa Dembele scored an early goal to lead him to a 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne in French Ligue 1 on Friday. Dembele scored from a penalty, bringing Lyon’s tally to 31 points in 21 games and advancing to tenth place, four points clear of Strasbourg, which occupies the qualifying position for the European League. Saint-Etienne remained in last place with 12 points, six points behind the safety zone. Paris Saint-Germain lead the competition with 50 points, 11 points behind Nice, second. (Reuters)