Paris - Danish forward Kasper Dolberg scored twice as Nice avenged their
midweek French Cup exit to Lyon with a 2-1 victory on Sunday in a game
that saw both sides finish with 10 men, while second-placed Marseille
were held to a goalless draw by Bordeaux.
Lyon qualified for the quarter-finals on Thursday following a
last-gasp 2-1 victory, but the visitors had defender Fernando Marcal
sent off on 22 minutes for a foul as the last defender.
Nice grabbed the lead through Dolberg in the 33rd minute after
Ciprian Tatarusanu failed to hold a deflected Pierre Lees-Melou strike,
allowing the Dane to convert the rebound.
Lyon levelled before half-time when Karl Toko Ekambi turned home from
point-blank range after a jinking run and shot from Houssem Aouar.
The hosts were themselves left to play a man down after Adam Ounas
was dismissed for his role in a scuffle involving Lyon centre-back
Marcelo and Nice's Alexis Claude-Maurice.
Dolberg hit the winner just past the hour when he poked in a driven
low cross from Hicham Boudaoui as Nice extended their unbeaten league
run to six games.
Patrick Vieira's side climbed level with six-placed Lyon on 32
points, eight adrift of Rennes in the final Champions League qualifying
Andre Villas-Boas' Marseille slipped 12 points behind leaders Paris
Saint-Germain after being held to a second straight Ligue 1 stalemate at
The visitors had chances to snatch victory late on, with Bordeaux
goalkeeper Benoit Costil denying Nemanja Radonjic with an excellent
Bordeaux centre-back Pablo had a goal ruled out for handball in the first half of a largely uneventful encounter.
Marseille lead third-placed Rennes by three points in the race for
automatic Champions League qualification, with Lille six points further
adrift in fourth.
Marseille are unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions and have not lost since October.
PSG extended their advantage by thrashing Montpellier 5-0 on Saturday.