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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray (ATT 9,114) 29th September 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Castro

Nice Nice vs Bastia Bastia

Nice 2

D Cvitanich (32)
R Civelli (58)


Bastia 2

J Rothen (42)
A Modeste (71)

Nice draw again

Last Updated: 29/09/12 10:47pm

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Bastia celebrate Anthony Modeste's equaliser.

Bastia celebrate Anthony Modeste's equaliser.

Nice recorded their fifth tie in seven Ligue 1 games this season with a 2-2 draw against Bastia.

Goals from Dario Cvitanich and Renato Civelli twice looked to have set Nice on their way to only a second victory of the campaign, but both times they were pegged back through goals from Jerome Rothen and Anthony Modeste.

The result leaves Nice in mid-table on eight points, one more than Bastia who brought to an end a run of four successive defeats with today's draw.

After a relatively quiet opening half-hour, Nice came alive with Mahamane Traore testing visiting goalkeeper Macedo Novaes before the hosts took the lead in the 31st minute.

Didier Digard launched a counter-attack before releasing Cvitanich on the right and the Argentinian-born striker unleashed a powerful effort which Macedo Novaes failed to keep out despite getting his hands to the ball.

Nice's lead lasted just 10 minutes, though, as Bastia drew level through Rothen's stunning free-kick from outside the area.

The home side were back in front in the 57th minute when the unmarked Civelli headed home Eric Bautheac's free-kick, but once again Claude Puel's men could not hold on.

Former France international Rothen was again involved as his corner found Modeste near the penalty spot and the former Nice striker guided his header past Joris Delle in the home goal.

Modeste then came within inches of snatching a last-gasp victory for Bastia but his 89th-minute thunderbolt smashed against the crossbar as Nice survived a huge let-off.

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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 18 22
12 Lille 17 21
13 Guingamp 18 21
14 Lorient 18 20
15 Toulouse 18 20
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
17 Metz 18 19
18 Bastia 18 17
19 RC Lens 18 16
20 Caen 18 14