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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray 9th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Mikael Lesage

Nice Nice vs Lorient Lorient

Nice 1

V Eysseric (82)

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Lorient 1

L Mareque (75)

Nice make late point

Last Updated: 09/02/13 9:57pm

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Nice celebrate their late equaliser

Nice celebrate their late equaliser

Valentin Eysseric's late equaliser secured Nice a share of the spoils in their Ligue 1 clash with fellow Europa League hopefuls Lorient at the Stade Municipal du Ray.

Eysseric coolly slotted home eight minutes from time to cancel out Lucas Mareque's 75th-minute opener for the visitors.

The draw lifted Nice to fifth in the standings, with Lorient three points and three positions worse off.

The hosts mustered the best two early chances but could not find a way past Fabien Audard.

First Neal Maupay surged into the area from Camel Meriem's pass and unleashed a curling left-footed shot which was brilliantly kept out by the Lorient goalkeeper, and then the same duo linked up again for Maupay to try an overhead-kick which flew inches wide.

The visitors' first real sight of goal in the first half arrived a minute before the break, when Mareque despatched a volley from Mathias Autret's flick which spooned just over the bar.

Audard had to be alert midway through the second period to fist away a powerful attempt from Eysseric from the edge of the box, before Nice goalkeeper David Ospina pulled off a superb save to keep out Yann Jouffre's fierce free-kick.

The deadlock was finally broken 15 minutes from the end. Jeremie Aliadiere freed Mareque down the left, and he beat two defenders before despatching a fine right-footed shot past Ospina.

The lead lasted only seven minutes, though, before substitute Jeremy Pied burst down the right and fed Eysseric, who calmly placed the equaliser past Audard.

Nice could even have won it in the 87th minute when Eysseric released Kevin Anin inside the area, but he smashed his shot against the post.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23

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