PARIS, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez was on target on Saturday as Olympique Lyon recorded a 3-0 home victory over 10-man Nice to join Paris St Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
Lisandro opened the scoring in the 40th minute from a Bafetimbi Gomis pass following a quick counter-attack. He then set up Anthony Reveillere for the right back's first goal in five years, 16 minutes into the second half.
Gomis added the third from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after goalkeeper David Ospina had fouled him in the box and was sent off. Lyon had centre back Dejan Lovren dismissed for a second yellow card in the 90th minute.
Lyon now trail leaders Paris St Germain on goal difference. Third-placed Olympique Marseille, who have 35 points, host St Etienne on Sunday.
Stade Rennes climbed to fourth on 32 points thanks to a 4-2 win at Ajaccio, where the game was stopped for a few minutes because of confusion over a refereeing decision.
Julien Feret netted the visitors' fourth goal following a free-kick in the box. The referee had wrongly whistled after Ajaccio's centre back Carl Medjani headed the ball to his goalkeeper.
Earlier, Nolan Roux scored twice and set up another as Lille hammered 10-man Montpellier 4-1 at home, ending the French champions' winning run. Lille are seventh on 29 points while Montpellier lie 11th, three points behind.
(Reporting by Gregory Blachier; Editing by John Mehaffey)
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