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Allianz Riviera (ATT 20,372) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: W Bien

Nice Nice vs Reims Reims

Nice 1

V Eysseric (50)

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Reims 0

Fine night for Nice

Last Updated: 26/04/14 10:01pm

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Nice's French midfielder Valentin Eysseric celebrates

Nice's French midfielder Valentin Eysseric celebrates

Valentin Eysseric was on target as Nice returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Reims to move nine points clear of the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

Claude Puel's side had suffered a five-match winless run ahead of the clash, but took the lead just after the break and never looked back as they held on for all three points in a one-sided match to move up a place into 14th.

Reims, who have not won for eight league games now, remain eighth with three matches of the season remaining.

The home side started strongly and just six minutes in Eysseric freed Jeremy Pied, who crossed perfectly toward Eric Beautheac on the right of the penalty area. He in turn headed the ball down from the far post but his effort went just over the bar.

Three minutes later they came close again as Didier Digard picked up Antoine Devaux's cross on the left, which Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa managed to keep out.

Midway through the first half, Nice pressed forward again and Pied laid the ball off to Bautheac, who penetrated inside the penalty area from the right before flicking the ball toward Dario Cvitanich for a snap-shot which Agassa blocked.

The home side continued to dominate after the break and Agassa did well with a good reflex save to keep out Pied's close-range effort five minutes in, but a minute later they broke the deadlock.

Bautheac's corner was cleared to the edge of the penalty box, where Eysseric volleyed the ball powerfully home to beat a stunned Agassa.

Deep into the second half, Eysseric's free-kick outside the penalty box found Mathieu Bodmer, but his header sailed inches wide.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11