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French Ligue 1

Allianz Riviera (ATT 20,039) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Benoit Millot

Nice Nice vs Lorient Lorient

Nice 1

T Kolodziejczak (30)

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Lorient 2

G Sunu (19)
V Aboubakar (90+1)

Dramatic win for Lorient

Last Updated: 12/04/14 9:52pm

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Celebrations for Lorient

Celebrations for Lorient

Lorient leapfrogged Nice in the Ligue 1 standings thanks to a dramatic 2-1 victory at the Allianz Riviera on Saturday night.

Both teams came into the match without a win in their last four league matches and it was the visitors who stopped the rot courtesy of Vincent Aboubakar's winner two minutes into stoppage-time.

Gilles Sunu and Timothee Kolodziejczak had earlier exchanged first-half goals as both sides searched for the win that would take them a big step towards mathematically securing their survival this season.

Lorient now sit 11 points clear of the drop zone with five games remaining, while their opponents are one place and two points below them.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Jeremie Aliadiere found Sunu around 25 yards out and the winger strode forward before unleashing a shot into the top corner.

Nice were level after half an hour, though, when Kolodziejczak got on the end of a free-kick from Valentin Eysseric and finished from close range.

The duo combined again five minutes later and the full-back nearly had his second when he let fly from 25 yards but Fabien Audard was equal to his effort.

Lorient started the second half the brighter but it was the home side who nearly went ahead as Neal Maupay released Jeremy Pied inside the penalty area, but the midfielder skied over the bar with just David Ospina to beat.

That was to be as good as it got for Claude Puel's men as Lorient dominated the closing stages.

First Alain Traore brushed the post with a stunning volley from the edge of the box and then Aliadiere fired straight at Ospina with five minutes to go.

The goal did eventually come in stoppage-time and it was one to remember as Aboubacar beat two men on the edge of the area before slotting a low finish into the bottom corner.

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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