Olympique Lyon defender Maxwell Cornet has praised in-form striker Tino Kadewere after his solitary goal earned them an all-important win over title contenders PSG.
The Zimbabwean notched his fifth goal of the season since joining Lyon from Ligue 2 side Le Havre.
Coincidentally, it was Lyon’s fifth successive win this season, which saw them leap into second position on the French Ligue 1 standings where they are tied on 29 points with Lille who are number one.
Kadewere’s goal came in the 35th minute after Karl Toko Ekambi perfectly picked him out and he slipped the ball into Keylor Navas’ goal. What made the goal even sweeter was the fact that it was Les Gones first victory at PSG since 2007.
“We were united tonight. We have a close-knit collective. The group is living very well with a lot of joie de vivre. Tino has integrated very well. He is a player of great talent. He is important to us,” Cornet said.
Kadewere said he was elated with the win. “It was very important for us to win, we worked hard all week to prepare for this game. We stayed focused the whole game. It was also wonderful for me, I’m happy to have scored, it was my first very big match in Europe, so I’m happy to have scored and to have come away with the win.”
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia also said the result was satisfying.
“We wanted to stay on this unbeaten run; it’s been 11 matches now and we played three out of our last four matches on the road including one in Paris and we won them all, so that’s great. The objective is to put the teams that are behind us as far away as possible, this is not yet the case, it is absolutely necessary to collect wins like these and to put third and fourth place as far behind us as possible.”
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By Mthokozisi Dube