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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser 8th February 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: R Buquet

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Nice Nice

Valenc'nes 2

T Doumbia (26)
A Waris (88)

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Nice 1

N Maupay (75)

Late Majeed winner sinks Nice

Last Updated: 08/02/14 9:30pm

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Valenciennes celebrate their late winning goal

Valenciennes celebrate their late winning goal

Waris Majeed struck a winner two minutes from time as Valenciennes earned a morale-boosting win over Nice to keep their survival hopes alive in Ligue 1.

Tongo Doumbia had put Valenciennes ahead after 26 minutes but it seemed they would have to settle for a point after Neal Maupay levelled in the 75th minute.

However, Majeed's late goal gave the hosts only their fourth win of the season, putting them within four points of safety.

Prior to kick-off the form book clearly pointed to a Nice win, with the visitors - 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture - in good form having won four of their last six while Valenciennes were coming off the back of two consecutive losses.

But it quickly became apparent that Valenciennes posed significant dangers as David Ospina was forced into early saves from Maor Melikson's clever chip before turning away a low drive from Gregory Pujol.

The hosts led midway through the first half when Majeed led a swift counter-attack, picking out Doumbia to head the ball beyond the reach of Ospina.

They almost doubled their lead three minutes before half-time when David Ducourtioux advanced down the right and then found Doumbia, but Romain Genevois made a vital intervention.

The hosts continued to dominate in the second half, and wasted a fine chance just two minutes after the restart when Carl Medjani could not get his header on target having been left unmarked to meet Melikson's free-kick.

Ospina then kept out a Pujol header before reaching to push clear Rudy Mater's long-range free-kick.

It was entirely against the run of play that Nice levelled when Christian Bruls teed up Maupay to finish clinically.

But Valenciennes had the final word when Majeed cut in from the left before powering a shot beyond Ospina to earn a potentially vital win.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15