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Seven-time French champions Lyon reached the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over fellow Ligue 1 side Reims.
PARIS: Seven-time French champions Lyon reached the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over fellow Ligue 1 side Reims.
Lyon, who have won the League Cup just once in 2001, twice took a two goal lead only to see Reims come back to trail by just a goal.
Goals by France international forward Bafetimbi Gomis and Alexandre Lacazette - both scorers in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Marseille - seemingly put Lyon in a comfortable position at 2-0 up by the hour mark.
Gomis nodded home at the far post from Lacazette's cross in the 58th minute while the latter extended their lead on the hour with a super right-footed shot after excellent lead-up work by playmaker Yoann Gourcuff.
Gourcuff, whose inconsistency has attracted criticism, restored their two goal advantage - after Prince O'Niangue had made it 2-1 - eight minutes from time with a cracking shot from long range having already gone close only to see his shot come back off the post.
However, Lyon's habit of letting slip leads throughout the season - they led Marseille 2-0 last Sunday before being held to a draw - looked as if it was going to happen again as Reims scored four minutes from the end of normal time through Floyd Ayite's penalty.
Among ties later on Wednesday the pick is the holders St Etienne playing champions Paris Saint Germain in Paris.