Delon Armitage, who scored Lyon’s first try, represented England 26 times between 2008 and 2012

European Challenge Cup Pool 2Lyon (10) 27Tries: Armitage, Gill, Belan Cons: Beauxis, Michalak 2 Pens: Beauxis, MichalakSale Sharks (14) 24Tries: Solomona, James 2 Cons: De Klerk 3 Pens: De Klerk

Sale Sharks surrendered a 14-point lead as they were beaten by Top 14 leaders Lyon in the European Challenge Cup.

Sharks, who in their opening Pool 2 tie, held a 14-10 half-time advantage at Stade de Gerland, with wing Denny Solomona and Sam James exchanging tries with Delon Armitage.

Sale were 24-10 up with 15 minutes left after James crossed for a second time.

But Liam Gill and Theo Belan made it 24-24, before Frederic Michalak’s late penalty completed the turnaround.

The result means that, despite having led in the closing stages against French opposition for two weeks running, the Premiership club have just three points from their first two European matches.

Sale were impressive front-runners after James had put them ahead against Lyon, with England wing Solomona continuing his fine form with a seventh try in eight games this season.

But Steve Diamond’s team wilted in the final moments and were undone by Michalak’s kick with five minutes remaining.

Lyon: Menini, Lacombe, Papidze, Lambey, Oosthuizen, Puricelli, Tuifua, Gill, Pelissie, Beauxis, Palisson, Seguret, Belan, Tuva, Armitage.

Replacements: Fourie, Mataradze, Kaabeche, Roodt, Bruni, Regard, Wulf, Michalak.

Sale: Haley, Solomona, James, Jennings, Charnley, O’Connor, de Klerk, Harrison, Webber, John, Evans, Ostrikov, Neild, B Curry, Moore.

Replacements: Jones, Flynn, Tarus, Nott, Pearce, Seymour, Cliff, Reed.

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