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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 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 27 32
17 Lorient 27 31
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22