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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)

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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 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Nice 33 39
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20

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