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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 11 25
2 Paris St Germain 11 21
3 Lyon 11 20
4 St Etienne 11 20
5 Nantes 11 19
6 Bordeaux 11 18
7 Nice 11 17
8 Monaco 11 17
9 Rennes 11 15
10 Metz 11 15
11 Lille 11 15
12 Toulouse 11 14
13 Montpellier 11 14
14 Reims 11 14
15 Caen 11 12
16 RC Lens 11 11
17 Lorient 11 10
18 Bastia 11 10
19 Evian Thonon Gaillar 11 10
20 Guingamp 11 9