Xherdan Shaqiri and Jerome Boateng made their Lyon debuts in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Strasbourg. Peter Bosz’s team won for the second game in a row after a poor start to the season in Ligue 1.
Moussa Dembele’s huge volley put Lyon ahead in the seventh minute at Groupama Stadium, with ex-Liverpool winger Shaqiri crossing for Jason Denayer with a header within a second shortly after.
Boateng, who left Bayern Munich this summer after 10 years at the club, entered for the last 30 minutes after arriving on a free transfer.
The 2014 World Cup winner was convicted on Thursday of assaulting his ex-girlfriend while on vacation in the Caribbean three years ago and a Munich court fined him $ 1, 8 million euros ($ 2 million).
Lucas Paqueta added a third for Lyon by sweeping on a pass from Houssem Aouar, Habib Diallo grabbing Strasbourg for late consolation from the penalty point after a hand.
Lyon, which has not won any of its first three games, climbed to seventh place, seven points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Nice remained undefeated after a 2-0 victory at Nantes thanks to the last goals of Danish strikers Kasper Dolberg and Amine Gouiri.
Nice are fourth, but are missing a game after their August 22 match against Marseille was abandoned following an invasion of the pitch by Nice supporters.
The club lost a point this week after the horrific incidents, and league officials have ordered the game to be replayed behind closed doors on neutral ground.
“We were not contained. We were on the pitch and we felt rooted, ”said Nice captain Dante.
“But in life, you can’t hang your head. Especially after an injustice or bad decisions. We have to work during and do our best this season.
Nice, backed by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, will not appeal the decision. They were leading the Mediterranean derby 1-0 when the game was interrupted in the 75th minute.
“I did not have the impression that the group was affected,” said Nice coach Christophe Galtier. “But obviously they would have preferred to keep the points they could earn on the pitch.”
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