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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray 20th October 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Nice Nice vs St Etienne St Etienne

Nice 1

E Bautheac (29)

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St Etienne 1

Brandao (75)

Nice rue late miss

Last Updated: 20/10/12 11:55pm

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Jeremy Pied reacts after Nice's late miss

Jeremy Pied reacts after Nice's late miss

Nice were left rueing a late missed penalty as the Ligue 1 match against St Etienne finished level at the Stade Municipal du Ray.

Eric Bautheac gave Nice a 28th-minute lead, which was cancelled out by Brandao's goal 14 minutes from time.

Although the visitors had most of the chances thereafter, the hosts had a chance to win the contest in the 84th minute - but Dario Cvitanich blasted a penalty wide.

Les Verts had two chances to take the lead inside the first 20 minutes.

In the 17th minute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed Jonathan Brison's cross goalwards but Lloyd Palun cleared the effort off the line, via a post.

Two minutes later Brison and Aubameyang combined again for Fabien Lemoine to shoot powerfully - but this time goalkeeper Joris Delle denied him.

The hosts made the most of the escapes, taking the lead with their only noteworthy chance of the first half. Cvitanich found Jeremy Pied - and his cross was tapped in at the far post by Bautheac.

In the 32nd minute Nemanja Pejcinovic blocked Aubameyang's powerful shot - and soon after Delle did well to block Kurt Zouma's close-range header.

St Etienne maintained the pressure in the second half, with Delle saving Lemoine's curling effort soon after the restart.

Camel Meriem brought a rare save out of goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier at the other end - but Brandao was denied before the visitors made their pressure pay when Renaud Cohade flicked the ball goalwards for Brandao to equalise from six yards.

However, the home side came closest to winning the contest when Jeremy Clement was penalised for fouling Valentin Eysseric in the box - but Cvitanich wasted the spot-kick.


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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