Nice kept in touch with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain after goals in each half by defenders Jean-Clair Todibo and Melvin Bard helped them to a 2-1 home win over struggling Brest on Saturday. The result lifted Nice from third place with 16 points in eight games, eight adrift from the runaway leaders of PSG who visit Stade Rennes on Sunday, and two behind Lens, second, who played a game of more.
Brest, who are still chasing their first league win of the season, remained 19th with four points in nine games. Dominant Nice should have won with a greater margin as they were refused by a series of saves from Brest goalkeeper Marco Bizot and some capricious finishes.
Bizot fought off a pair of Andy Delort heads early on and Calvin Stengs somehow shot from the far post two yards away before Todibo pulled the home side forward on the shot in the mid. -time. The center-back exploded into the roof of an empty net at close range after Bizot knocked down a long ball in the six-yard penalty area, after colliding with a teammate.
Stengs hit the crossbar and Amine Gouiri missed two chances early in the second half before delivering a precise cross to left-back Bard to get home on second on time. Franck Honorat pulled one off for the visitors in stoppage time with a clean finish from inside the penalty area, but the home side held on.
In the other significant matches on Sunday, Olympique de Marseille, fourth, visited Lille, 10th, champion, and the Saint-Etienne team, last, were at home against their traditional rival, Olympique Lyonnais, in the RhÃ´ne-Alpes derby. (Written by Zoran Milosavljevic; edited by Christian Radnedge)
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