- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

Lyon bid a disappointing farewell to its famous stadium as it lost 2-0 to Angers in its last Ligue 1 match at the Stade Gerland on Saturday.

More than a 100 former Lyon players were present at the Stade Gerland - which has been Lyon’s home since the club was founded in 1950.

The players on the pitch were booed off by their own fans after a dismal performance. The last competitive match at the Gerland will be on Dec. 16, against Tours in the league cup.

Cheikh N’Doye scored in each half for Angers and, apart from a brief period during which Mathieu Valbuena hit the bar and Alexandre Lacazette had a goal ruled out for offside, Lyon rarely threatened.

Angers moved second, 15 points behind runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain and a point above Caen, which lost 2-1 against struggling Lille.

It was Lille’s second successive win, after having not won in two months prior to its surprise victory over Saint-Etienne midweek. Lille leapt out of the relegation zone and into 12th spot, ahead of the rest of the weekend’s games.

Lyon, winless in five matches in all competition, slipped to fifth after Monaco won 2-1 at Bastia, thanks to a double from Lacina Traore.

“The strength of great teams is their ability to react and today we’re not a great team,” Valbuena said. “We’re having catastrophic performances and even today there wasn’t really much reaction. We’re at our lowest.”

Lyon coach Hurbert Fournier said he is not planning on quitting, while club president Jean-Michel Aulas assured he will lead the team at least for the next two matches - against Valencia in the Champions League and at PSG next Sunday.

Bastia slipped into the bottom three, below safety on goal difference. It is three points above Toulouse, which lost 3-2 at home to Lorient. Bottom club Troyes picked up its second point in nine matches with a 1-1 draw at Reims, but is nevertheless 12 points from safety.

Ajaccio drew 1-1 with Nantes.

Lyon was trying to end a four-match run without a victory. However, it was Angers which took the lead in the 17th minute when Thomas Mangani lofted a free kick toward the far post and N’Doye rose above the Lyon defense to head powerfully into the right side of the net.

The Angers captain almost doubled his tally six minutes from halftime but his header from Gilles Sunu’s free kick went just past the left post.

Lyon seemed reinvigorated after the break and Valbuena hit the bar nine minutes into the second half. Lacazette also went close, as well as having an effort ruled out when he and a teammate were clearly offside on Clement Grenier’s pass.

Angers weathered the storm and all but sealed the match nine minutes from time when N’Doye headed Billy Ketkeophomphone’s corner into the bottom right corner.

Caen could have moved back into second but Lille secured a first away victory of the season thanks to Yassine Benzia’s double.

Benzia opened the scoring in the 28th, finishing off a swift counterattack by rounding Caen goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre and slotting into an empty net.

Caen defender Damien Da Silva also cleared Renato Civelli’s header off the line, while Lille could have been awarded a penalty too for a handball by Alaeddine Yahia at the end of the first half.

Lille did get a second shortly before the hour when Vercoutre could only push Sofiane Boufal’s lob into the path of Benzia, who fired under the bar.

Caen set up a nervy final 20 minutes as Andy Delort converted from the penalty spot after Djibril Sidibe hauled down Herve Bazile in the area.

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