Nice move third while Toulouse boost survival fight

Valere Germain and Alassane Plea struck second-half goals as Nice climbed into a UEFA Champions League spot with a 2-0 victory at Montpellier.

Valere Germain Alassane Plea Nice Montpellier

Nice players celebrate Valere Germain's goal at Montpellier Source: Getty Images



Striker Germain fired home a low shot just after the hour mark and substitute Plea crashed home his effort from outside the area to secure Nice their first away win since early November.

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Claude Puel's side climbed into third spot, leap-frogging Lyon and five points adrift of second-placed Monaco.

OL play at Rennes later this weekend - when Paris Saint-Germain have the chance to beat rock-bottom Troyes and wrap up a fourth straight title with eight games to spare.

Caen's hopes of European football next season suffered a setback as they went down 1-0 at lowly GFC Ajaccio, who clinched their first league win in 11 matches thanks to Khalid Boutaib's 71st-minute goal.

Guingamp secured their first win in six league matches and climbed up one place to 16th with a 2-0 home win against St Etienne thanks to first-half goals from Jimmy Briand and Sloan Privat.

Defeat for St Etienne extended their winless league run to four matches and dealt their European aspirations another blow.

Marseille drew 1-1 for the third successive league match, this time at mid-table rivals Lorient.

Striker Abdul Waris's eighth goal of the season put Lorient ahead in the 34th minute but Mauricio Isla equalised for Marseille from the tightest of angles a minute into the second half.

Lille moved up to ninth place as a 2-1 win at Bastia secured them their first league success away from home this year.

Sofiane Boufal (37) gave Lille a half-time lead and Ibrahim Amadou doubled their lead in the 59th minute before Gael Danic scored a stoppage-time consolation for Bastia.

Second-bottom Toulouse gave their relegation fight a boost in style as they registered their first league victory in 10 matches with a 4-0 home win against 10-man Bordeaux.

Wissam Ben Yedder opened the scoring in the fifth minute and converted a 50th-minute penalty after being fouled by Lamine Sane, who was shown a straight red card.

Striker Martin Braithwaite (86) added another penalty after he was fouled by Clement Chantome and Oscar Trejo added a fourth in the final minute.


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Published 13 March 2016 at 9:13am
Source: PA Sport