Lyon edge past Valenciennes
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Lyon kept their unbeaten start to the new Ligue 1 campaign going as they came from behind to record a 3-2 home win against Valenciennes.

Hugo Lloris, who left the club to join Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day, was at the Stade de Gerland to wave goodbye to the Lyon fans after a four-year spell in which he has emerged as one of the finest goalkeepers on the continent.

Following his departure, it has fallen to long-time back-up Remy Vercoutre to take over between the posts. Vercoutre had made just 40 top-flight appearances in a decade at Lyon before starting against a Valenciennes side who had enjoyed a quietly impressive start to the campaign.

And Vercoutre was badly exposed as Valenciennes silenced the crowd by taking the lead inside 11 minutes when he hesitated at a corner, allowing Brazilian defender Gil to head home.

Valenciennes had not conceded a goal yet this season coming into the game, and things looked bleak at that point for a Lyon side without the injured Yoann Gourcuff and Lisandro Lopez as well as Lloris.

But they hit back quickly and found themselves in front by the midway point in the first half. First, Michel Bastos pounced on a goalkeeping error from Nicolas Penneteau to roll in the equaliser from a tight angle, and then France striker Bafetimbi Gomis netted from the spot after Alexandre Lacazette had been brought down inside the box.

A stunning long-range strike from young playmaker Clement Grenier allowed the hosts to extend their lead midway through the second half. Gregory Pujol pulled one back towards the end, but Lyon held on for a 3-2 win that leaves them with ten points from four games.