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French Ligue 1

Chaban-Delmas 22nd March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: W Bien

Bordeaux Bordeaux vs Nice Nice

Bordeaux 1

Jussie (pen 63)
A Traore (S/O 86)

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Nice 1

A Bosetti (67)

Euro blow for Nice

Last Updated: 22/03/14 10:37pm

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Eric Bautheac charges forward

Eric Bautheac charges forward

Bordeaux essentially ended Nice's slim hopes of securing a Europa League spot after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday night.

Nice came into the match four points behind their opponents and 10 behind fourth place, knowing that anything but a win would virtually end their chances of catching St Etienne.

And while Alexy Bosetti did cancel out Jussie's second-half penalty, the visitors could not find that vital winning goal despite the dismissal of Abdou Traore with four minutes remaining.

Bordeaux had the best early chance as Nicolas Maurice-Belay got down the left and supplied a cross for Guillaume Hoarau but the forward volleyed wide.

Valentin Eysseric fired in a free-kick which brought a save from home goalkeeper Azbe Jug but Bordeaux continued to have the better of it and an unmarked Jussie volleyed over from six yards when it looked easier to score.

Hoarau then teed up Maurice-Belay inside the penalty area but David Ospina was equal to it as the sides went in level at the break.

Another Eysseric set-piece brought a save from Jug but it was the home side who took the lead in the 63rd minute.

Nampalys Mendy brought down Andre Poko inside the penalty area and Jussie sent Ospina the wrong way with a low finish from the spot.

The lead was to last just four minutes, though, as Neal Maupay's cross was punched by Jug but only as far as Bosetti who fired home from close range.

Bosetti almost turned provider with 10 minutes remaining as his cross was headed over by Maupay before Traore was given his marching orders after picking up a second booking for a challenge on Bosetti.

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Table

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