Late Nice goal denies Bordeaux

02 September 2012 03:48

Bordeaux missed the chance to join Lyon at the top of the Ligue 1 table on Sunday afternoon after conceding an injury-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Nice at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Three days after a dramatic win against Red Star Belgrade that took Les Girondins into the Europa League group stage, Francis Gillot's side were lacking in inspiration against their visitors from the south coast.

After Bordeaux were reduced to ten men when Lamine Sane was sent off just after the hour mark, the match appeared all set to end goalless until substitute Henri Saivet struck for the hosts with four minutes remaining.

But Nice levelled two minutes into injury time through Mahamane Traore and, while Bordeaux remain unbeaten this season, they lie in fourth place, two points shy of early leaders Lyon.

Nice, meanwhile, are still looking for their first win under new coach Claude Puel.

Later on Sunday, Marseille are looking to maintain their perfect start to the campaign when they host Rennes at the Stade Velodrome, before winless Paris Saint-Germain head to Lille for the game of the weekend at the northern club's new Grand Stade.

On Saturday, Lyon had to come from behind to beat Valenciennes 3-2 in their first game since the departure of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to English club Tottenham Hotspur.

Champions Montpellier won for the first time this season, 3-1 at bottom side Sochaux, while Ludovic Giuly scored his first Ligue 1 goal since February last year in Lorient's 3-0 home win against Nancy.

There were also wins on Saturday for Saint-Etienne, Brest and Ajaccio, while Toulouse and Reims drew 1-1.

Source: AFP

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