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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)

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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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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 14 30
2 Marseille 13 28
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Bordeaux 13 24
5 Nantes 13 23
6 Rennes 14 22
7 St Etienne 13 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Reims 14 19
10 Nice 14 18
11 Metz 14 18
12 Toulouse 13 17
13 Montpellier 13 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11