ZIMBABWE international striker Tino Kadewere was a 64th minute substitute as seven-times French champions Lyon ended their wait for a first Ligue 1 victory of the season by beating 10-man Rennes on Sunday.
The decisive goal came three minutes after Kadewere’s introduction as Irishman Jake O’Brien rose highest to nod in the goal that gave Lyon their first win this term on 67 minutes.
Hosts Rennes lost Guela Doue, sent off for a dangerous tackle just five minutes into the match.
“We managed to play a great game, we left our hearts on the pitch and everything we had in our bellies,” said Lyon coach Fabio Grosso.
Kadewere, who is yet to open his account this season, took to social media to celebrate the win.
“This one felt very good, let us all stay positive and keep going,” he posted.
Lyon remain bottom of the Ligue 1 with seven points from 11 matches, 20 points behind leaders PSG while Zimbabwe international midfielder Marshall Munetsi’s Stade de Reims are now fifth with 20 points from 12 games.
Munetsi lasted the whole game as they lost 0-3 at home to PSG whose goals came from Kylian Mbappe.
In the South African Premiership, Zimbabwe international striker Terrence Dzvukamanja scored the opener as SuperSport United crumbled to lose 1-2 to Sekhukhune United in Polokwane on Sunday evening.
SuperSport United remain in second position on the DStv Premiership log with 23 points, a point behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns but Gavin Hunt’s side has played 12 matches as opposed to eight for Sundowns.
After the match, Hunt felt that his charges could have done better, adding that the bigger disappointment was that they could have opened a gap between themselves and the sides behind them had they won their two matches in Limpopo.
“Yeah disappointed we should have gone 2-0 up there, I mean Bradley missed on the goal line.
“Should have been 2-0, 3-0 then the game would have been over and we could have managed it but we couldn’t, we had to chase.
“Then they get the first, the second was a big deflection, wasn’t it? And the ball ended up (in goal), how it ended up I still haven’t seen it.
“So yeah disappointing and then we chased it, we tried to chase it and then the game opens up and then they get a few breakaways.
“But yeah, we kept going and it’s disappointing because we could have opened up a gap and we should have won both these games, we could have won both games in Polokwane but it is what it is.
“You know we play three away, well we just play anywhere.”