PARIS (AFP) – Danish forward Kasper Dolberg scored twice as Nice avenged their midweek French Cup exit to Lyon with a 2-1 victory last 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 spot.
Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille slipped 12 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain after being held to a second straight Ligue 1 stalemate at Bordeaux.