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Municipal du Ray 3rd November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: W Bien

Nice Nice vs Nancy Nancy

Nice 2

M Traore (21)
E Bautheac (82)

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Nancy 1

S Sane (45+2)

Nice claim vital late win

Last Updated: 03/11/12 9:30pm

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Eric Bautheac: Netted a vital late winner for Nice

Eric Bautheac: Netted a vital late winner for Nice

Eric Bautheac scored an 81st-minute winner as Nice pulled away from Ligue 1's bottom three with only their second win of the season as they beat Nancy 2-1.

Bautheac's corner had set up the opener for Mahamane Traore, but Salif Sane equalised on the stroke of half-time.

It appeared for a long time as though Nice were destined for their seventh draw in 11 league games this season but Bautheac had other ideas.

Nancy had the first clear-cut chance of the afternoon when Djamel Bakar set up Ziri Hammar, who ran through on goal but saw his shot saved by David Ospina.

But Nice went ahead in the 20th minute, Bautheac's delivery flicked on by Dario Cvitanovich for Traore to fire past unsighted keeper Guy N'Dy Assembe.

Bakar hammered a 20-yard shot against the post but, after Valentin Eysseric went close at the other end, Nancy's equaliser arrived in first-half stoppage time.

Again the goal came from a corner, Yohan Mollo crossing for Sane to head home at the near post.

That goal gave Nancy the momentum going into the second half and they almost took advantage, Lossemy Karaboue drawing a full-length save from Ospina.

The keeper then had to deal with an awkward bounce to save Hammar's 30-yard strike.

Nice took the upper hand again as the half went on, N'Dy Assembe making an excellent save to keep out Bautheac before turning Eysseric's 20-yard effort around the post.

The pressure finally told with a little under 10 minutes remaining when Didier Digard sent substitute Jeremy Pied running free and the summer signing from Lyon cut the ball back for Bautheac to drive low past the keeper.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23