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Nice keep in high 4 with 2-1 win over Brest

NICE, France, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Nice stayed in contact with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain after objectives in every half by defenders Jean-Clair Todibo and Melvin Bard helped them to a 2-1 residence win over struggling Brest on Saturday.

The consequence lifted Nice one place as much as third on 16 factors from eight video games, eight adrift of runaway leaders PSG who go to Stade Rennes on Sunday, and two behind second-placed Lens who’ve performed a recreation extra.

Brest, who’re nonetheless in search of their first league win of the season, stayed nineteenth on 4 factors from 9 video games.

Dominant Nice ought to have gained by a much bigger margin as they have been denied by a string of saves from Brest goalkeeper Marco Bizot and by some wayward ending.

Bizot stored out a pair of Andy Delort headers early on and Calvin Stengs in some way shot huge of the far submit from two metres earlier than Todibo fired the house aspect forward on the stroke of halftime.

The centre again blasted into the roof of an empty internet from level clean vary after Bizot spilled an extended ball into the six-yard field, having collided with a staff mate.

Stengs hit the crossbar and Amine Gouiri missed two probabilities early within the second half earlier than he delivered a pinpoint cross for left again Bard to move residence the second on the hour.

Franck Honorat pulled one again for the guests in stoppage time with a crisp end from contained in the penalty space, however the residence aspect held on comfortably.

In Sunday’s different standout fixtures, fourth-placed Olympique Marseille go to Tenth-placed champions Lille and backside staff Saint Etienne are at residence to conventional rivals Olympique Lyonnais within the Rhone-Alpes derby.

Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Christian Radnedge

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - OGC Nice v Brest - Allianz Riviera, Nice, France - October 2, 2021 Brest's Franck Honorat in action with OGC Nice's Jordan Lotomba REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - OGC Nice v Brest - Allianz Riviera, Nice, France - October 2, 2021 Brest's Denys Bain and Jean-Kevin Duverne in action with OGC Nice's Andy Delort REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - OGC Nice v Brest - Allianz Riviera, Nice, France - October 2, 2021 OGC Nice's Calvin Stengs in action with Brest's Marco Bizot REUTERS/Eric Gaillard