Ligue 1: Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette wants to be leading scorer
Lyon forward Alexander Lacazette is determined to finish the season as the leading French goalscorer in Europe.
Last Updated: 27/01/14 12:45pm
The 22-year-old watched Bafetimbi Gomis open the scoring at the Stade de Gerland before cleverly flicking the ball over ETG goalkeeper Bertrand Laquais to net his first goal of the match.
Jonathan Mensah was sent off for the visitors before a comfortable victory, which lifted Les Gones into fifth place in Ligue 1, was rubber-stamped when Lacazette slotted home from a defence-splitting Jimmy Briand pass.
Lyon academy graduate Lacazette has now matched Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann on 12 league goals scored, and the pair are the leading French marksmen on the continent.
The former reckons he has plenty of goals left in him yet, and suggested the winner of the race to score the most could prove crucial in securing a place in Didier Deschamps' World Cup squad.
When told he had just caught up with Griezmann, Lacazette told L'Equipe: "That makes me proud, I'm happy. And after all, we're only in late January.
"I have to continue like this and hope Antoine slows down a little.
"I'm still on track to hit my own personal goalscoring target and we'll see if I can do it by the end of the season.
"I know (Deschamps) won't compile his final list based solely on that game, so I have to continue down this path."
Reflecting on his brace, he added: "I didn't have many chances but the ones that I did have, I put away. I was efficient, which is better for me and for the team.
"My first goal was instinctive. I often practice that flick in training but that's the first time I've scored with it.
"For the second goal Jimmy (Briand) set me up well and all I had to do was put it in the net."
Evian remain one place and only three points above the relegation zone after suffering a fourth defeat in five games.
Coach Pascal Dupraz reflected on a difficult afternoon in Burgundy, telling his club's official website: "Lyon put their very first chance away, like they often do.
"Then there was Mensah's dismissal, which seemed severe to me. Apparently he used some bad language.
"From that moment the match was still open but the second goal was catastrophic for us. The final scoreline was fair."
Meanwhile, Evian have announced they have agreed to sign striker Tulio De Melo from Lille on a six-month contract.