Lyon striker Lacazette scores 2 to take pressure off coach

PARIS:  Alexandre Lacazette scored twice to pass the 100-goal mark for Lyon and take some pressure off his coach in a much-needed 2-1 win at Toulouse in the French league on Saturday.

With Lyon having lost five of its last six games, coach Bruno Genesio was under the spotlight and reportedly close to being replaced. After his second goal, Lacazette went straight over to him and high-fived him with both hands.

"We wanted to show the coach that we're all sticking together, even in the difficult moments," Lacazette said. "People will talk about me because I scored, but you shouldn't forget the work the others did."

Lacazette's first came from the penalty spot in the first half, and the second came in the 53rd minute after he ran onto midfielder Corentin Tolisso's defense-splitting pass and rounded the goalkeeper.

Having come through the club's youth ranks, Lacazette has 101 goals in all competitions in 239 games. He is fourth on the list of Lyon's all-time scorers, one goal ahead of Brazilian free kick specialist Juninho.

Lacazette has nine goals in seven league games this season, but Lyon's poor defending is undoing much of his work.

Moments after his second goal, Lyon right back Rafael was sent off for a clumsy late challenge.

But Lyon held on with 10 men, with Lacazette often tracking back to help out the midfield and almost setting up a third goal late on.

Toulouse remained in fourth place while Lyon climbed up to eighth.

"It was a very difficult game, PSG and Monaco struggled here," Lacazette said.

Lyon's shaky defense was carved open immediately, but Toulouse striker Martin Braithwaite headed over after just 38 seconds.

Lyon caught Toulouse with a quick break that led to Issa Diop fouling midfielder Rachid Ghezzal for the first goal.

Lacazette got a bit lucky with his scuffed penalty, as goalkeeper Alban Lafont got a right hand to it. But the shot had just enough power.

Toulouse leveled from a free kick, center half Christopher Jullien unmarked to score with a firm header.

In late games, Monaco was at Saint-Etienne needing a draw to move above Paris Saint-Germain and into second place.

PSG won 1-0 away to Lille on Friday thanks to Edinson Cavani's league-leading 10th goal.