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French Ligue 1

Francis le Ble 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: S Lannoy

Brest Brest vs Nice Nice

Brest 0

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Nice 2

N Pejcinovic (13)
B Ferradj (og 46)

Nice win at Brest

Last Updated: 02/02/13 9:54pm

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Nemanja Pejcinovic: On the scoresheet

Nemanja Pejcinovic: On the scoresheet

Nice returned to winning ways in Ligue 1 on Saturday with a 2-0 victory at strugglers Brest.

Having been edged out by Bordeaux last weekend, Claude Puel's men gave their European hopes a lift thanks to Nemanja Pejcinovic's first-half strike and an own goal from Brahim Ferradj.

The win lifts Nice up to fifth in the table, four points behind the top three, but it was a third successive defeat for Brest and they remain four points above the drop zone.

It took 13 minutes for Nice to take the lead at Stade Francis-Le Ble. Xavier Pentecote curled in a corner which was only half cleared by the home defence, allowing Pejcinovic to slam the ball home from close range.

Goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux was then called upon to palm away a 20-yard drive from Eric Bautheac as the visitors threatened to add to their lead.

Brest showed signs of improvement thereafter and a fierce left-footed strike from Abdulwahid Sissoko almost caught Nice goalkeeper David Ospina napping.

Ospina pulled off an even better save before half-time to tip away Bruno Grougi's effort after a through ball from Charlison Benschop.

However, Nice struck within a minute of the restart. Eric Bautheac flicked the ball on to Camel Meriem, who hit a low shot which Ferradj tried to clear but instead turned into his own net.

It was all Nice from then on, but they wasted chances to add to their scoreline with Meriem curling wide and then lobbing a shot over the bar.

Brest came close to a late consolation but Geoffrey Dernis put his header into the side netting from a good position.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 22 44
3 Paris St Germain 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 22 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20