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Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani 16th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: W Bien

Bastia Bastia vs Nice Nice

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Nice on the rise

Last Updated: 16/02/13 9:29pm

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Neal Maupay: Netted Nice's winner

Neal Maupay: Netted Nice's winner

Nice moved up to fourth in Ligue 1 with a narrow 1-0 win at Bastia.

Sixteen-year-old Neal Maupay scored the only goal of the game just after the hour mark as the visitors boosted their European hopes.

Defeat was harsh on the Corsicans, who gave as good as they got and were denied by the bar in the second half, but it left them three points above the bottom three.

The hosts started well, with Jerome Rothen charging toward goal and seeing his powerful shot deflected behind by defender Gregoire Puel.

Rothen then turned provider, crossing for Anthony Modeste to send a header over the top.

At the other end, Puel's ball picked out Valentin Eysseric at the far post, but the young midfielder nudged his effort inches wide.

Bastia came mighty close to going in front six minutes after the break when Modeste's fierce shot nicked off Puel and smacked off the bar.

The hosts had goalkeeper Mickael Landreau to thank moments later, though, as he produced an excellent reflex save to deny Eric Bautheac.

Landreau was beaten in the 61st minute, though, Fabrice Abriel making ground and then crossing to the far post where Maupay diverted the ball home from close range.

Bastia tried to respond, but they could not find a way to break down their solid opponents, with Sylvain Marchal's volley from a Wahbi Khazri cross which was blocked by keeper David Ospina as close as they came to taking a point.

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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 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22