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French Ligue 1

Auguste Delaune 6th October 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: F Fautrel

Reims Reims vs Nice Nice

Reims 3

Diego (16)
G Courtet (87, 90+3)


Nice 1

D Cvitanich (62)

Courtet at the double for Reims

Last Updated: 06/10/12 10:10pm

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Gaetan Courtet scored for Reims

Gaetan Courtet scored for Reims

Substitute Gaetan Courtet fired Reims into the Ligue 1 top four with two goals in the last six minutes in a 3-1 win over Nice.

Nice looked on course to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions when Dario Cvitanich cancelled out Diego's 15th-minute opener for the hosts.

However, Courtet came off the bench to inspire Reims, who extended their own unbeaten sequence to six games.

It has been some start for Hubert Fournier's side following their promotion from Ligue 2 last season.

They were tipped to struggle but have thus far proved their critics wrong, with their results at the Stade Auguste Delaune - this was their fourth consecutive league win at home - particularly encouraging.

They started in impressive fashion tonight, with Diego breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute.

The Brazilian latched on to Antoine Devaux's magnificent through-ball before bursting clear and slotting the ball between Nice goalkeeper Joris Delle's legs.

Yet Nice did have the chance to level proceedings in a quiet first half, with Kevin Diaz heading inches wide before thumping a free-kick just outside the area crashing off the crossbar.

Reims failed to take advantage of the let-offs, though, and Cvitanich deservedly equalised for the visitors in the 62nd minute.

Anthony Weber could only clear Valentin Eysseric's ball into the path of Cvitanich, who fired home.

It was no less than Claude Puel's men deserved but it seemed to bring Reims to their senses as they dominated thereafter.

Delle was forced to make two fine saves from Algeria international Kamel Ghilas before Reims were rewarded for the endeavour four minutes from time.

Courtet, who had been introduced off the bench in place of Nicolas Fauvergue in the 53rd minute, capitalised on a poor clearance to beat Delle with a left-footed strike.

And the 23-year-old sealed the win in the second minute of injury time when he smartly finished at the back post following Devaux's long throw into the area.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23