Lyon prepared for their UEFA Champions League assignment at Real Madrid in ideal fashion with a 2-0 win at Sochaux that lifted them to within a point of Ligue 1 leaders Lille. Claude Puel's side will take a 1-1 scoreline to Madrid in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday after condemning Sochaux to only their third home defeat of the campaign.
Lisandro Lopez twice went close for Lyon before breaking the deadlock at the third attempt in the 22nd minute, calmly passing the ball into the bottom-right corner from strike partner Bafetimbi Gomis's intelligent pass.
The hosts came agonisingly close to an equaliser early in the second half, but Damien Perquis's looping header was bravely cleared off the goalline by Jeremy Toulalan after Hugo Lloris had rushed out from his goal.
Lyon took just a matter of minutes to capitalise on their let-off and Miralem Pjanic drilled the ball inside the right-hand post to double Lyon's lead, and Gomis spurned two late chances to add further gloss to the scoreline. Lyon climb above Marseille into third place on goal difference, a point shy of Lille and second-place Rennes.