PARIS (AP) — Striker Alexandre Lacazette scored a late equalizer as 10-man Lyon salvaged a valuable 1-1 draw at home to Nice on Friday to stay provisionally in second place in the French league.
Forward Valere Germain headed Nice ahead in the 18th minute with his 11th goal of the season, and Lyon's chances were dented when 19-year-old forward Maxwell Cornet was shown a straight red card in the 24th after catching goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale in the ribs as he slid to reach a pass.
Shortly after Germain had scored, Lyon fans threw rolls of paper at Cardinale's goal as the match was halted for several minutes — and again midway through the second half as more paper debris littered the field.
Nice almost scored again when winger Hatem Ben Arfa, one of the best players in the league this season with 16 goals, went on a run before curling his shot just wide.
But Lyon leveled in the 82nd when substitute Mathieu Valbuena's free kick came back off the crossbar. Midfielder Corentin Tolisso rose to head the ball back toward goal and Lacazette pounced to sweep in his 17th goal of the campaign.
Midfielder Maxime Gonalons almost won it for Lyon right at the end, but Cardinale did well to save his glancing header.
Lyon is one point ahead of third-place Monaco, which hosts struggling Marseille on Sunday, and two points clear of fourth-place Nice with four rounds of matches remaining after this weekend.
French champion Paris Saint-Germain hosts Caen on Saturday.
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