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French Ligue 1

Municipal De Gerland (ATT 30,903) 22nd December 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

Lyon Lyon vs Nice Nice

Lyon 3

L Lopez (40)
A Reveillere (56)
B Gomis (pen 77)
D Lovren (S/O 90)

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Nice 0

D Ospina (S/O 74)

Nice and easy for Lyon

Last Updated: 22/12/12 9:43pm

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Lisandro Lopez: Scored for Lyon

Lisandro Lopez: Scored for Lyon

Lyon maintained their charge for the Ligue 1 title after an easy win over Nice at the Stade de Gerland on Saturday evening.

Goals from Lisandro Lopez, Anthony Reveillere and a Bafetimbi Gomis penalty saw them to victory as they went level with Paris St Germain at the top of the table.

It was an unhappy return to Lyon for former boss Claude Puel whose side ended the match with 10 men after David Ospina was sent off in the build-up to the Gomis spot kick.

Lyon's Dejan Lovren saw red after picking up a second yellow late on in what was the only negative of the night for Remi Garde's men.

Lyon came into the match having won four of their last five home matches but it was the visitors who started strongly with Dario Cvitanich twice going close.

After seven minutes he volleyed over when well placed before forcing Remy Vercoutre into an excellent reflex save.

That kickstarted Lyon into life as a Lopez drive from 20 yards was blocked by Ospina before Reveillere hit the post.

After 39 minutes they made the breakthrough as Rachid Ghezzal played in Gomis down the right, who then crossed for Lopez to finish from close range.

Ten minutes after the restart and they were two up as Lopez turned provider, beating three defenders and then passing to Reveillere to score from close range.

Nice missed a golden chance to reduce the arrears after 64 minutes but an unmarked Mahamane Traore could not convert from inside the box with Vercoutre pulling off a tremendous save.

It got worse for the visitors when, with 14 minutes left, Ospina was shown a straight red after bringing down Gomis, with the striker putting away the spot kick and although Lovren evened the numbers late on it made no impact on the scoreline.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 68
2 Lyon 33 65
3 Monaco 33 59
4 Marseille 34 57
5 St Etienne 33 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 33 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 33 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 33 26