January 30, 2020 / 10:24 PM / 17 days ago

Aouar strikes late to send Lyon through to French Cup last eight

Soccer Football - Coupe de France - Round of 16 - OGC Nice v Olympique Lyonnais - Allianz Riviera, Nice, France - January 30, 2020 Olympique Lyonnais' Houssem Aouar celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) - Olympique Lyonnais’s unbeaten streak in 2020 continued when Houssem Aouar’s last-gap penalty earned them a 2-1 win at Nice and a French Cup quarter-final spot on Thursday.

Aouar converted the spot kick two minutes into stoppage time after Adam Ounas had cancelled out Moussa Dembele’s first-half opener one minute from time.

Lyon will take on Olympique de Marseille for a place in the last four with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain travelling to Dijon and fourth division side Belfort hosting holders Stade Rennais.

In Nice, Dembele found the back of the net in the 15th minute, firing home from Maxwel Cornet’s corner, only for Ounas to make it 1-1 with a splendid strike from outside the area when extra time was looming.

Dante, however, brought down substitute Karl Toko-Ekambi in the box and Aouar fired the resulting penalty under the bar to give Lyon their sixth win in seven matches this year.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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