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Battling Lyon keep Nice at bay

Published: Sunday 19 May 2013, 17.39CET
Ten-man Olympique Lyonnais fought back to post a 1-1 draw at OGC Nice that leaves them needing a win next week to clinch third place and France's final UEFA Champions League spot.
Battling Lyon keep Nice at bay
Lyon's Maxime Gonalons was sent off after 73 minutes ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 19 May 2013, 17.39CET

Battling Lyon keep Nice at bay

Ten-man Olympique Lyonnais fought back to post a 1-1 draw at OGC Nice that leaves them needing a win next week to clinch third place and France's final UEFA Champions League spot.

Olympique Lyonnais left themselves knowing victory in their final Ligue 1 game will be enough to secure third spot and a UEFA Champions League berth after they put in a battling performance to draw 1-1 at OGC Nice.

Lyon could have wrapped up third with a win on the Côte d'Azur, but they found themselves trailing shortly after the restart when Dario Cvitanich rattled in his 18th league effort this term. The situation then worsened for Rémi Garde's men when Maxime Gonalons picked up a second yellow card on 73 minutes, and the hosts must have felt confident of claiming a win that would have lifted them level on points with their opponents.

Les Gones were not to be denied, however, and Clément Grenier levelled the scores with a magnificent free-kick just moments later. Two points clear of AS Saint-Étienne, Lyon must now overcome Stade Rennais FC next Sunday to be certain of sealing France's final UEFA Champions League place.

Last updated: 19/05/13 18.44CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2012/13

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Last updated: 20/05/2013 14:26 CET

19/05/2013

NiceNice1-1LyonLyon

Cvitanich 47 (P)

Grenier 76

Venue: Nice

18/05/2013

St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne2-0MarseilleMarseille

Perrin 25, Brandão 42

Venue: St Etienne

18/05/2013

MontpellierMontpellier0-0LOSCLOSC

Venue: Montpellier

18/05/2013

ÉvianÉvian2-0ValenciennesValenciennes

Khelifa 2, Ehret 12

Venue: Annecy

18/05/2013

NancyNancy1-2BastiaBastia

Puygrenier 60

Ilan 47, Modeste 72

Venue: Nancy

18/05/2013

ReimsReims1-0LorientLorient

Krychowiak 33 (P)

Venue: Reims

18/05/2013

RennesRennes1-1AjaccioAjaccio

Mevlüt Erdinç 45+2

Diawara 5

Venue: Rennes

18/05/2013

TroyesTroyes1-0BordeauxBordeaux

Camus 56

Venue: Troyes

18/05/2013

PSGPSG3-1BrestBrest

Ibrahimović 5, 36, Matuidi 31

Benschop 81

Venue: Paris

18/05/2013

SochauxSochaux1-2ToulouseToulouse

Sio 42

Sylla 14, Akpa Akpro 21

Venue: Montbeliard

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