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French Ligue 1

Auguste-Bonal (ATT 18,729) 4th May 2014 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: F Fautrel

Sochaux Sochaux vs Nice Nice

Sochaux 2

N Pejcinovic (og 45)
J Ayew (56)


Nice 0

Sochaux still fighting

Last Updated: 04/05/14 9:05pm

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Nice's Dario Cvitanich (right) and Sochaux's Jordan Ayew jump

Nice's Dario Cvitanich (right) and Sochaux's Jordan Ayew jump

Sochaux gave themselves a chance of escaping relegation from Ligue 1 with a third win in four games against 10-man Nice.

Twelve points from six unbeaten matches has lifted them to within a point of safety and their home game against Evian, immediately above them, on the final day of the season in a fortnight looks like being the decider.

Jordan Ayew had a hand in both his side's goals; his run and cross forced defender Nemanja Pejcinovic to turn the ball into his own net before half-time and the Ghanian headed in a second after the break.

With confidence high after a string of good results the hosts began brightly with goalkeeper David Ospina denying Sebastien Corchia's first-minute volley and Roy Contout's curling effort either side of Carlao cleared Jeremy Pied's effort off the line with Sochaux goalkeeper Yohann Pele beaten.

Ospina was the busier of the two goalkeepers as he also kept out Sanjin Pricic but when Ayew burst past three defenders his cross was turned in by Pejcinovic.

Ayew was the architect of Sochaux's best moves and just after his low shot had been denied by Ospina again he added the important second with a far post header from Sebastien Corchia's cross.

The same pair combined again in the 71st minute but with the roles reverse Corchia's shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.

With 10 minutes to go Dario Cvitanich, who had been booked for diving, was shown a second yellow card for dissent after sarcastically applauding the referee and his departure made life much easier for Sochaux to see out an important victory.

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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