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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray 11th December 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Nicolas Rainville

Nice Nice vs Rennes Rennes

Nice 1

D Cvitanich (pen 66)

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Rennes 0

J Kana-Biyik (S/O 53)
Y Jebbour (S/O 65)

Nice notch win over Rennes

Last Updated: 11/12/12 9:12pm

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Nice proved their European credentials with a hard-fought win over nine-man Rennes.

Dario Cvitanich's penalty midway through the second half moved the south-coast club level on points with their opponents and firmly in the hunt for fourth place.

Rennes' cause was certainly not helped by a 53rd-minute red card for Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik and the dismissal of Yassine Jebbour 11 minutes later for conceding the penalty.

The first half was a desperate affair, with Jeremy Pied's long-range effort going just wide for Nice and Kana-Biyik narrowly failing to pick out Mevlut Erding with a far-post cross at the other end.

The visitors were the first to threaten after the break as Sadio Diallo brought the ball down on the edge of the area and forced a decent save out of David Ospina.

But Rennes' hopes suffered a setback just two minutes later, in the 53rd minute, when Kana-Biyik was dismissed, the defender shown a second yellow card for hauling down Cvitanich in midfield.

And 10 men became nine in the 64th minute when Jebbour pushed Eric Bautheac in the area to concede a spot-kick.

Cvitanich took full advantage as he powered his penalty home.

The visitors faced a mountain to climb to get back into the match, but Jonathan Pitroipa almost produced a moment of magic, beating two Nice defenders before unleashing a shot which Ospina needed two attempts to gather.

That was as close as they came, though, and at the other end Didier Digard fired narrowly over from 30 yards as Nice picked up a valuable win.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26