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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray (ATT 14,962) 1st September 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: S Ennjimi

Nice Nice vs Montpellier Montpellier

Nice 2

T Kolodziejczak (18)
V Eysseric (43)

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Montpellier 2

S Camara (34)
S Tiene (52)
D Bakar (S/O 84)

Stalemate at Stade du Ray

Last Updated: 01/09/13 6:25pm

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Valentin Eysseric stays away from Siaka Tiene.

Valentin Eysseric stays away from Siaka Tiene.

The form book stayed true at the Stade du Ray as Nice and Montpellier shared four goals in a Ligue 1 clash.

The two had identical won one, drawn one, lost one records before kick-off and duly ensured they remain locked together in the standings.

Montpellier will perhaps be the happier, although Nice did at least get back on a positive footing after their midweek Europa League misery against Apollon Limassol.

They led twice during the game, with Timothee Kolodziejczak and Valentin Eysseric having efforts cancelled out by Souleymane Camara and Siaka Tiene before Montpellier's Djamel Bakar was sent off late on.

A draw was about right considering what both sides put into an entertaining affair, with the chances flowing from the fourth minute when Benjamin Stambouli's shot was kept out by David Ospina.

Seventeen minutes had passed when Nice took the lead, with Kolodziejczak's smart near-post run well timed for Eric Bautheac's corner, and his neat finish did the rest.

Montpellier roared back and levelled in the 32nd minute. Nice were slapdash at the back, Tiene nipped in and played Camara through and the Senegal international did the rest.

But Nice were the side in front at the break, with Christian Bruls teeing up Eysseric for a well-taken second five minutes before the whistle.

Montpellier would not be behind for long, though, and equalised for a second and last time seven minutes after the restart as Tiene curled a free-kick beyond Ospina.

Both sides continued to pour forward and Eysseric volleyed just over while Kolodziejczak nodded away from goal.

Montpellier would end with 10 men as Bakar saw yellow for a second time with seven minutes left, but Laurent Pionnier's stoppage-time save from Eric Bautheac ensured it mattered little.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23