Soccer-Subs inspire Nice to thrilling comeback win against Lyon

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Troyes v OGC Nice - Stade de l'Aube, Troyes, France - October 17, 2021 OGC Nice's Youcef Atal in action with Troyes' Mama Balde REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

NICE, France (Reuters) - Substitutes Youcef Atal and Evan Guessand inspired Nice to a sensational 3-2 comeback victory over 10-man Olympique Lyonnais in a pulsating Ligue 1 match on Sunday.

Atal reduced the arrears after the hosts had fallen 2-0 behind following goals by Karl Toko Ekambi and Houssem Aouar, before earning a penalty converted by Andy Delort for the equaliser and Guessand netted the winner two minutes into stoppage time.

Lyon had the game firmly in their grasp for more than an hour before losing control in a thrilling finale with Tino Kadewere picking up a straight red card five minutes from time.

Christophe Galtier's Nice are third with 19 points from 10 games, eight behind leaders Paris St Germain who travel to bitter rivals Olympique Marseille later on Sunday and two behind RC Lens who thrashed Metz 4-1.

Lyon are seventh on 16 points from 11 matches.

"I don't know what happened. We just blew a fuse. It's not the first time and it needs to change," said Lyon defender Leo Dubois.

The visitors started well before losing their composure.

Walter Benitez parried Toko Ekambi's 20-metre strike but the Cameroon striker tapped the rebound in to put Lyon ahead after 35 minutes.

That spurred Nice into action and it took two superb saves from Anthony Lopes to deny Delort and Dolberg before the interval.

OL's domination continued after the break and Aouar doubled the advantage on 68 minutes with a low shot after collecting Lucas Paqueta's deflection from Maxence Caqueret's pass.

Nice, however, did not give up and they pulled one back nine minutes from time, Atal beating Lopes with a fierce shot into the roof of the net after dribbling past Jerome Boateng.

Kadewere was sent off four minutes later for a brutal tackle on Melvin Bard.

Three minutes from time, Atal was brought down by Emerson and Delort knocked in the penalty.

Guessand struck the final blow two minutes into stoppage time after being superbly played through by Alexis Claude-Maurice, slotting the ball past Lopes with a low shot.

(Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond and Christian Radnedge)

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