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Lyon lose to 10-man Nice, PSG top standings

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Paris, March 22: Ligue 1 front-runners Lyon were stunned 1-2 by struggling Nice at home as the visitors were reduced to 10 men for more than half an hour.

Saturday’s defeat leaves Hubert Fournier’s side in second place, a point behind defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, who claimed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Lorient to go top of the league with just eight rounds remaining, reports Xinhua.

Brazil midfielder Carlos Eduardo opened the scoring for Nice with an overhead kick (23rd minute) before Maxime Golons equalised from the spot 11 minutes into the second half.

Lloyd Palun was sent off (56th) with a second yellow after bringing down bil Fekir in the area. Lyon skipper Golons stepped up to strike the pelty into the net with regular pelty taker Alexandre Lacazette absent.

Reduced to 10 men, Nice played tough against the home side in the remaining 34 minutes before a late Valentin Eysseric pelty gave the visitors the victory. Bakary Kone was pelised for a clumsy challenge on Plea in the box and Eysseric sent Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes the wrong way.

This was the first win for Nice in eight matches since beating Marseille in January. Bordeaux was the other big me beaten by a lower side as the sixth-ranked former champions suffered a 1-2 defeat at Toulouse, who are inside the relegation zone.

Another struggling team Evian took a 1-0 victory over Montpellier as other Ligue 1 encounters ended in goalless draws, mely the games between Bastia and Guingamp, Caen hosting Metz and that of Rennes-ntes. IANS

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