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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 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Nice 33 39
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20