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Municipal du Ray (ATT 20,565) 14th December 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: O Thual

Nice Nice vs Sochaux Sochaux

Nice 1

E Bautheac (24)


Sochaux 0

Bautheac bags Nice win

Last Updated: 14/12/13 10:08pm

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Eric Bautheac enjoys the only goal of the night.

Eric Bautheac enjoys the only goal of the night.

A goal by Eric Bautheac was enough for Nice to bring to an end seven successive defeats as they claimed a 1-0 win over Sochaux in Ligue 1.

Bautheac slotted home between the legs of goalkeeper Pierrick Cros after 23 minutes to condemn Les Lionceaux to their fourth consecutive loss and leave them rooted to the bottom of the table.

Herve Renard, who replaced Eric Hely as Sochaux manager in early October, is still searching for his first victory with things looking bleak.

Bautheac almost gave the hosts the lead after 18 minutes when he curled in a corner which hit the post.

Nice were ahead five minutes later when Bautheac received a cross from Didier Digard and dribbled past Sebastien Corchia before slotting between Cros' legs.

Everything was going through Bautheac and he found Dario Cvitanich in front of goal, only for his goalbound header to be somehow blocked by Cros.

Again Cros came to Sochaux's rescue when Mathieu Bodmer freed Christian Bruls on the left and he raced towards goal before unleashing a 20-yard shot which the keeper parried.

It took until the 69th minute for Sochaux to have an effort on target.

Corchia's cross from the right found Cedric Bakambu in the area and his header went narrowly over the bar.

That was the end of Sochaux as any attacking threat and it was Nice who came closest to breaking through in the closing stages, Valentin Esseyric firing a right-footed shot from the left of the area which Cros managed to keep out.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29