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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 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