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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 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23