Nice lose unbeaten record as Lens inflict more pain on Lyon

Nice slumped to their first defeat of the season on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at Nantes and missed the chance to reclaim top spot in Ligue 1.

Florent Mollet's first-half strike was enough to get new coach Jocelyn Gourvennec off to a winning start at the Stade de la Beaujoire, where he took over from Pierre Aristouy this week.

Nice had gone eight games without conceding since their 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in mid-September, but the visitors saw their unbeaten start ended after they fell behind in a match for the first time this season.

"It's a logical defeat," said Nice coach Francesco Farioli.

"We need to move on from it. This loss definitely hurts. But, like with our wins, we need to forget about this defeat.

"We had chances to take the lead or equalise. We came up against a goalkeeper on top form," he added.

Nice's defeat will allow leaders PSG to pull four points clear if they win at Le Havre on Sunday.

Lens shook off their midweek Champions League humiliation by Arsenal to condemn crisis-hit Lyon to a 3-2 defeat in the club's first match since the exit of coach Fabio Grosso.