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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser 18th August 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Nice Nice

Valenc'nes 0


Nice 0

Nice earn a point

Last Updated: 18/08/12 10:28pm

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Pape Abdou Camara in action for Valenciennes

Pape Abdou Camara in action for Valenciennes

Joris Delle pulled off two excellent saves to earn Nice a point in their goalless draw at Valenciennes.

Les Aiglons dominated before the break but Valenciennes hit back and Delle had to be alert to deny Pape Camara and David Ducourtioux in quick succession.

Clear-cut chances were largely at a premium, with the high temperature perhaps playing its part as the hosts followed up last week's victory over Troyes with an uninspiring draw this evening.

They were on the back foot for most of the first half, with Nice, who were beaten 1-0 by AC Ajaccio in their opening game of the season, starting strongly.

Former Paris St Germain and Middlesbrough midfielder Didier Digard was a particular threat, shooting slightly wide from just outside the area.

Abraham Guie Guie then released Franck Djadjedje, who teed up Mahamane Traore but the Mali international also missed the target.

Digard tried his luck from 25 yards but Valenciennes keeper Nicolas Penneteau was equal to it to keep the scores level at half-time.

Against the run of play, Daniel Sanchez's men could have taken the lead 11 minutes after the interval with their first sight at goal.

Camara dribbled his way past several Nice defenders with a mazy run before unleashing a piledriver of an effort from the edge of the box that Delle did well to save.

Two minutes later, Gael Danic's inch-perfect cross found Ducourtioux, whose fierce volley looked destined for the net but was once again palmed away brilliantly by the Nice keeper.

Claude Puel's men weathered the storm and they could have pinched victory late on as substitute Alexy Bosetti's 30-yard strike was only just clawed away by Penneteau to ensure both sides claimed a point.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Paris St Germain 23 47
3 Marseille 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20