Olympique Lyon crushed Nancy 4-0 in an action-filled encounter on Friday to move into second place on the Ligue 1 table.
Lyon took the lead in the 37th minute when France attacker Yoann Gourcuff volleyed home Jeremy Toulalan’s chipped through ball.
Nancy captain Youssouf Hadji had the ideal chance to equalise in first-half injury time but his paltry attempted chip from the penalty spot was safely caught by Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre, who had enough time to sit up and gather his thoughts after diving to his right before claiming the ball.
Substitute Jeremy Pied – just seven minutes after coming on – doubled Lyon’s advantage in the 76th minute, getting on the end of a pass from fellow substitute Michel Bastos to double his side’s advantage.
Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic became Lyon’s second substitute to score, netting four minutes after his 81st-minute injection for his side’s third goal.
Jimmy Briand’s late strike will steal the headlines, however, as the France international’s overhead scissor kick – reminiscent of Wayne Rooney’s wonder goal for Manchester United just six days ago – cannoned into the roof of the net to make it 4-0.
The win moved Lyon within four points of league leaders Lille, but the top side have a game in hand on Claude Puel’s men.