Patrick Viera finally gets his first win as Nice manager

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Striker Allan Saint-Maximin’s powerful deflected shot gave struggling Nice a shock 1-0 away win over Olympique Lyonnais on Friday as Patrick Viera’s side earned their first victory in Ligue 1 this season.

Mario Balotelli made his first start of the campaign, but it was Maximin who stole the headlines by sending a thumping shot that deflected off the forehead of Lyon defender Marcelo and into the net five minutes into the second half.

Nabil Fekir struck the post with a stabbed shot in the 57th minute as Lyon poured forward looking for an equaliser against a Nice side who had managed to score only one goal and collect one point in their first three games of the season.

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Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez, who was also making his first start of the season, produced a string of fine saves in the dying minutes as his side held on for an unlikely victory that was greeted by boos and whistles from the home crowd.

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