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French Ligue 1

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 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26