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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray 15th September 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: W Bien

Nice Nice vs Brest Brest

Nice 4

C Meriem (46)
N Pejcinovic (51)
E Bautheac (67)
V Eysseric (90)


Brest 2

J Ayite (pen 78)
P Baysse (90+3)

Four-star Nice beat Brest

Last Updated: 15/09/12 9:45pm

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Nemanja Pejcinovic celebrates his goal

Nemanja Pejcinovic celebrates his goal

Nice enjoyed their first win of the Ligue 1 campaign, overcoming Brest 4-2 after a dominant second-half display.

A lacklustre first half was soon forgotten once the second period began, with Camel Meriem, Nemanja Pejcinovic, Eric Bautheac and Valentin Eysseric all finding the target for the home side.

Jonathan Ayite and Paul Baysse replied for Brest but the damage had already been done by that stage.

It was very much a game of two halves at the Municipal du Ray.

Nice failed to get going at all in the opening 45 minutes while Brest fared little better as Geoffrey Dernis and Kamel Chafni blazed over before Eden Ben Basat put an effort wide.

However, Nice looked a different side after the interval and were in front within a minute of the restart.

Thimothee Kolodzieczak played a neat pass through to Meriem, who hit a powerful 25-yard drive into the top of the net.

Another goal then followed four minutes later with Bautheac's cross headed home by Pejcinovic.

Nice were in full flow now and made it 3-0 after 67 minutes. Eysseric raced down the wing before whipping the ball into Bautheac, who provided the finish with a low shot.

Brest seemed shell-shocked by their opponent's turnaround, but were gifted a route back into the match when a Kolodzieczak handball allowed Ayite the chance to put away a penalty after 77 minutes.

Nice had not finished yet though, and Eysseric put the result to bed in the final minute with a sublime volley from Kolodzieczak's cross.

Brest scored a late consolation in stoppage time through Baysse, who poked home from close range following a goalmouth scramble, but the plaudits had already gone to Nice.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 18 37
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Bordeaux 18 31
6 Monaco 18 29
7 Rennes 18 28
8 Nantes 18 27
9 Montpellier 18 25
10 Reims 18 25
11 Nice 19 22
12 Lille 17 21
13 Guingamp 18 21
14 Lorient 18 20
15 Toulouse 18 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
18 Metz 18 19
19 Bastia 18 17
20 Caen 18 14