Nice go atop Ligue 1 with 2-0 win against Lyon

IMAGE: Nice’s Jean Michel Seri (centre) celebrates after scoring a goal against Lyon during their Ligue 1 match at Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France on Saturday. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters Nice strengthened their grip on the Ligue 1 standings when they beat 10-man Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 at home on Friday. The Azurean side, who now have 23 points from nine games, lead second-placed Monaco, who lost 3-1 at Toulouse, by four points. Nice prevailed thanks to goals by Paul Baysse and Jean-Michael Seri, who found the back of the net either side of the interval. Lyon, who are fifth on 13 points, played more than two thirds of the game with 10 men after forward Nabil Fekir was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Baysse in the…

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