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French Ligue 1

Municipal du Ray (ATT 21,953) 2nd February 2014 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: W Bien

Nice Nice vs Lille Lille

Nice 1

M Bodmer (45+1)

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Lille 0

Lille stunned by Nice

Last Updated: 02/02/14 3:16pm

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Julian Janvier and Mathieu Bodmer battle for the ball

Julian Janvier and Mathieu Bodmer battle for the ball

Lille's fading hopes of challenging Monaco for an automatic Champions League berth suffered another blow on Sunday as they lost 1-0 at Nice to leave third place in jeopardy.

Mathieu Bodmer's goal on the stroke of half-time instead kept the points on the Mediterranean coast as Lille's second-half attempt at a fightback came up short.

Monaco's draw at Lorient on Saturday had offered Lille hope but instead they end the weekend eight points adrift in third place, with St Etienne just one point behind as the battle for a Champions League qualifying place intensifies.

Lille attacked first as Florent Balmont brought a decent save out of David Ospina but otherwise the first-half was one-way traffic as Nice piled forward.

Fabrice Abriel was denied by a block from Vincent Enyeama after fine play from Didier Digard, and the goalkeeper then turned an Alexy Bosetti shot away for a corner.

The goalkeeper was beaten in the 40th minute when Dario Cvitanich met Christian Buls' corner, but Rio Mavuba scrambled it off the line.

The goal came as half-time loomed and it was another Bruls corner, half-cleared by Lille only for Bodmer to rifle home.

Lille dominated the second half in search of an equaliser.

Ospina was at full stretch to keep out Solomon Kalou's powerful effort while Bodmer got a foot in to turn Divock Origi's shot away from danger.

Ospina then clawed away David Rozehnal's header and Lille's challenge diminished in the closing stages of a costly defeat.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26