Late Limbombe strike leaves Lyon's UCL hopes under threat


Lyon's UEFA Champions League qualifying hopes have been hit after they were beaten 2-1 at Nantes in France's Ligue 1.

Third-placed Lyon, who hold the final Champions League qualifying spot, were undone by Anthony Limbombe's late free-kick after Martin Terrier had cancelled out Kalifa Coulibaly's opener for Nantes on Saturday (AEST).

Lyon are on 56 points with six games left, six ahead of fourth-placed Saint-Etienne, who play their game in hand at home against Bordeaux on Monday. Nantes have moved into 15th place.

It was Lyon's third straight defeat in all competitions after they were knocked out of the French Cup semi-finals by Stade Rennes and lost at home to lowly Dijon in the league last weekend.

The result leaves an even bigger question mark over coach Bruno Genesio's future, with the club set to make a decision on whether to extend his contract at the end of the season.

Earlier on Saturday, Amiens defender Prince Gouano stopped play for five minutes during his side's goallless draw with Dijon after being subjected to racist abuse by opposition fans.

The game at the Stade Gaston Gerard was stopped in the 78th minute when Gouano heard racist abuse coming from the Dijon stands.

"We are in the 21st century, what happened is unacceptable," Gouano told on beIN Sports.

"I wanted to make a point when I asked to stop play. We are all equal."

The French League said in a statement that Dijon had identified a man who abused Gouano and that he had been arrested.

The LFP added that its disciplinary commission would look into the case on Thursday.

Dijon are third from bottom, six points from the safety zone, while Amiens are seven points above them in 16th place.

Source AAP