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A rampant performance in the first half saw Olympique Lyonnais bag three goals in a 14-minute span as they cruised their way to a huge 6-1 win over relegation-threatened Girondins de Bordeaux. The result extends ‘Les Gones’’ undefeated streak to four games while ‘Les Girondins’ remain deep in relegation trouble.

Dominant, explosive, dangerous, threatening – those are all apt descriptions of Lyon’s performance in the opening 45 minutes of this match, as they produced one of the club’s best outings in recent memory en route to thrashing a helpless Bordeaux. The hosts quickly set the tone for the game and monopolised possession, but they had to wait until the 20th minute to break the deadlock when a perfect cross from Malo Gusto found Moussa Dembélé, allowing the French forward to nod the ball home. From there, the gates opened and Bordeaux just couldn’t stop the flood.

Karl Toko Ekambi doubled Lyon’s lead just seven minutes later with a header from close range following a glaring mistake from ‘Girondins’ goalkeeper Gaëtan Poussin. Brazilian star Lucas Paquetá then made it a three-goal lead when he buried the ball into the back of the net with a precise shot following a clearance – a perfect reflection of the first half.

The game was all but over as a contest following the first half, but Lyon didn’t step off the gas and added a fourth goal a few seconds after the break when Romain Faivre scored from the edge of the box following an assist from Dembélé. Bordeaux looked absolutely helpless defensively and couldn’t create anything even remotely dangerous in attack, so much so that a Lyon fifth looked more likely than a ‘Girondins’ revival.

‘Les Gones’ indeed added a fifth goal thanks to Toko-Ekambi, as the Cameroon international completed his brace in the 68th minute following an assist from Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who had entered the pitch only three minutes earlier. The final minutes saw Lyon close the game out with relative ease despite Sékou Mara converting a late penalty, as the hosts completed the rout when Dembélé sealed his brace to make it 6-1 in stoppage time.

With the win, Lyon jump to the eighth and remain four points adrift of European qualification but have the confidence of going four straight games undefeated. Meanwhile, Bordeaux keep sinking and are now four points away from safety in 19th.

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