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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray 15th December 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Nice Nice vs Evian Thonon Gaillar Evian

Nice 3

D Cvitanich (19, 47)
N Maupay (90+3)

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Evian 2

Y Sagbo (3)
C Barbosa (14)

Teenage kicks for Nice

Last Updated: 15/12/12 10:21pm

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Neal Maupay celebrates his late winner for Nice

Neal Maupay celebrates his late winner for Nice

Sixteen-year-old winger Neal Maupay came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner as Nice came from two goals down to claim all three points against Evian at the Stade Municipal du Ray.

Maupay was given his Ligue 1 debut in the 87th minute and duly rewarded manager Claude Puel, who saw his side move up to fourth in the table after their fifth successive home win, with a volley in the first minute of added-on time.

That looked unlikely when strikes from Yannick Sagbo and Cedric Barbosa put Evian two goals to the good inside 13 minutes, but a goal in either half from Dario Cvitanich levelled proceedings before Maupay struck late on.

It was harsh luck on Evian, who were looking to build on the midweek victory over Troyes.

They took the lead in just the second minute when Sagbo followed up after Nice goalkeeper David Ospina could not hang on to Saber Khelifa's strike.

And they were firmly in charge when their second chance of the match brought another goal.

Didier Digard was dispossessed by Khelifa, who released Barbosa and he ran through on goal, opened his left foot and beat Ospina with a low drive for his third goal in two games.

It was a dream start for Evian but the hosts responded to halve the deficit in the 18th minute.

Cvitanich collected the ball from Eric Bautheac and after spotting goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait off his line, delightfully lobbed into the top corner.

Defender Aldo Angoula had to be alert to deflect away Bautheac's volley as Nice started to take charge of proceedings.

They began the second half in the way Evian started the first, Cvitanich bagging his second with a lovely back heel after some good work down the left by on-loan midfielder Valentin Eysseric, who had dribbled past several players before picking out the goalscorer.

Laquait denied Mahamane Traore's 25-yard effort while, at the other end, Ospina was on hand to palm away Youssef Adnane's header.

It seemed likely a draw was on the cards but the winner came from an unlikely source.

Maupay, having been introduced less than four minutes earlier, volleyed home in injury time after Mohammed Rabiu's clearance from a corner had fallen to him.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15