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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray 17th August 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Gautier

Nice Nice vs Rennes Rennes

Nice 2

D Cvitanich (20)
J Pied (50)


Rennes 1

N Oliveira (45+3)
V Pajot (S/O 89)

Nice bounce back

Last Updated: 17/08/13 9:46pm

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Jeremy Pied celebrates his goal for Nice

Jeremy Pied celebrates his goal for Nice

Nice atoned for an opening-day humiliation by securing their first points of the season from a 2-1 victory over 10-man Rennes.

Dario Cvitanich saw his 20th-minute opener cancelled out by Nelson Oliveira just before the break but Jeremy Pied would hit what proved to be the winner following the restart.

Rennes winger Vincent Pajot was then dismissed at the death for a professional foul on Valentin Eysseric.

Oliveira showed early promise at the Stade Municipal du Ray by flashing a low shot against David Ospina when put through by Pajot, but it would be Cvitanich and Nice who opened the scoring thanks to some poor defending from the Breton side.

Kevin Theophile-Catherine was to blame as the loose ball bobbled across the D to Eric Bautheac, who took the gift presented to him and set Cvitanich up to beat Benoit Costil from close range.

Nice pressed on and Cvitanich was denied a second by Costil before slamming the ball against a post from Christian Bruls' parried effort.

Oliveira dragged Rennes back into the contest, however, when he controlled a Yassine Jebbour cross from the left to tuck the ball beyond Ospina.

Only five minutes of the second half had passed when Nice wrested back the lead, Jebbour losing the ball to Pied who raced forward to rifle past a furious Costil.

The visitors came close to levelling for the second time when Mevlut Erding tried his luck against Ospina, and Timothee Kolodziejczak soon found himself heading against the crossbar at the other end.

Rennes' last chance to salvage a point came five minutes from time when Julien Feret's curling free-kick tested Ospina's concentration but, when Pajot brought Eysseric down as the last man to earn an inevitable red card, their luck had run out.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 11 25
2 Paris St Germain 11 21
3 Lyon 11 20
4 St Etienne 11 20
5 Nantes 11 19
6 Bordeaux 11 18
7 Nice 11 17
8 Monaco 11 17
9 Rennes 11 15
10 Metz 11 15
11 Lille 11 15
12 Toulouse 11 14
13 Montpellier 11 14
14 Reims 11 14
15 Caen 11 12
16 RC Lens 11 11
17 Lorient 11 10
18 Bastia 11 10
19 Evian Thonon Gaillar 11 10
20 Guingamp 11 9