SPORTS | Ligue 1: Lyon draw; Nice stay unbeaten

Lyon missed out on the chance to go fifth in the Ligue 1 table as they were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling Marseille.

Bruno Genesio’s side will count themselves unlucky not to leave the Stade Velodrome with all three points as Sergi Darder’s goal was controversially ruled out in the 33rd minute.

The Spanish midfielder looked to have scored from 20 yards after his effort beat Yohann Pele but Maxwel Cornet’s interference from an offside position denied Les Gones as both sides settled for one point.

Nice preserved their unbeaten start to the campaign with a 1-1 draw atMontpellier.

Ryad Boudebouz’s penalty put the hosts in front after 66 minutes after Malang Sarr was adjudged to have handled in the area.

But Younes Belhanda, who had hit the post in the first half, grabbed a late equaliser as Lucien Favre’s men escaped La Mosson with a point. Nice now occupy second place in Ligue 1 while Montpellier remain 12th.

New signing Mario Balotelli was dropped from the matchday squad due to a subdued Europa League performance during the French side’s 1-0 defeat against Schalke on Thursday.

Substitute Romain Hamouma scored a stoppage-time penalty as St Etienne snatched a 1-0 win over Bastia at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Christophe Galtier’s side looked set to draw their fifth successive game after Robert Beric saw his first-half penalty saved by Bastia goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca.

But Hamouma, who was tripped by visiting captain Yannick Cahuzac, picked himself up to calmly slot home his spot-kick in the dying minutes of the game. St Etienne now lie in eighth place while Bastia stay 11th.

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