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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray 25th August 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: S Moreira

Nice Nice vs Lille Lille

Nice 2

N Pejcinovic (43)
E Bautheac (55)

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Lille 2

D Payet (36)
D Sidibe (59)

Lille fight back to draw

Last Updated: 25/08/12 8:02pm

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Florent Balmont rides the challenge of Camel Meriem

Florent Balmont rides the challenge of Camel Meriem

Lille had to come from behind to claim a point in a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Nice.

The visitors led through Dimitri Payet 10 minutes before half-time but Nice quickly levelled through Nemanja Pejcinovic and then snatched the lead when Eric Bautheac volleyed home early in the second half.

Lille needed Djibril Sidibe's equaliser before the hour mark to take a point and finished the game on the back foot.

Les Dogues began brightly and had a series of chances in the opening 10 minutes.

Idrissa Gueye made excellent contact on Nolan Roux's early cross but Joris Delle made the save.

Moments later, Payet crossed for Roux to volley goalwards but the shot went inches wide.

Payet then struck from the edge of the area but Delle made the save.

However, it was Les Aiglons who had the best of the early chances when Alexy Bosetti beat the offside trap to go clean through, only to be denied by a fabulous reflex save from Mickael Landreau.

The Lille goalkeeper made another fine save moments later to keep out a diving header from Franck Dja Djedje.

The breakthrough came for Lille 10 minutes before the break, with Florent Balmont snatching possession and freeing Payet to lash past Delle.

Nice levelled just seven minutes later, with Pejcinovic on hand at the far post to turn in Didier Digard's free-kick.

The hosts took the lead nine minutes into the second half when Camel Meriem and Bosetti combined to set up Bautheac and he volleyed into the top corner.

However, the lead last just four minutes this time, with Sidibe beating one man before firing past Delle from an angle.

It was Nice who finished the stronger, with Renato Civelli testing Landreau with a fine header before the goalkeeper made a great reflex save to keep out Bautheac's free-kick.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29

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