Monaco - Portuguese youngsters Gelson Martins and Rony Lopes scored as Monaco
pulled further clear of the Ligue 1 relegation zone with an impressive
2-0 win over Lyon on Sunday.
Leonardo Jardim's men are now unbeaten in four league games and five
points clear of Caen, who occupy the relegation play-off spot.
"It's better, but nothing is done," said Jardim.
Martins continued his fine form for Monaco with the opening goal,
before Lopes made it two before the half-hour mark and Memphis Depay
missed a second-half penalty for Lyon.
Bruno Genesio's Lyon remain third, only three points ahead of
Saint-Etienne as they bid to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Monaco, who have appeared revitalised since coach Jardim returned
just months after being sacked and replaced by Thierry Henry, started
strongly, with Radamel Falcao firing a volley wide in the ninth minute.
Nine minutes later, the hosts took the lead as Martins combined with
fellow January signing Fode Ballo-Toure before lashing a low shot into
the bottom corner to score his third goal in four games since joining
the club on loan from Atletico Madrid.
"The goal (when Jardim returned) was to play at the level of one of
best teams in France for the last 16 league matches," Jardim added. "We
have done that for four matches. We must continue."
It did not take Monaco long to double their advantage, as Lopes netted a fine individual goal.
The 23-year-old, who missed the majority of Monaco's dreadful first
half of the season through injury, stole possession from the ponderous
Leo Dubois before streaking clear and slotting left-footed past his
namesake Anthony Lopes in the Lyon goal.
The visitors almost pulled one back on the stroke of half-time when
Tanguy Ndombele headed over, and they pushed forwards at the start of
the second period.
But Depay blew a golden chance to end his three-month goal drought as
Danijel Subasic sprung to his left to tip away the Dutchman's
71st-minute penalty after Kamil Glik had brought down Moussa Dembele.
On Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain saw off Nimes 3-0 to move 17 points
clear at the top, with a game in hand, as Kylian Mbappe scored twice to
become the youngest-ever player to reach 50 Ligue 1 goals.