In a deficiency of tip scorers Alassane Plea and Mario Balotelli, pretension contender Nice found an doubtful savior as Mickael Le Bihan came off a dais to measure twice in a quip 2-1 win conflicting Montpellier on Friday.
The win changed Nice into second place and turn on points with personality Monaco forward of this weekend’s games.
With Plea harmed and Balotelli suspended, Nice started with Greek striker Anastasios Donis, who is on loan from Juventus. But it was Le Bihan grabbing a headlines, 17 months after his final coming in a tip flight. He had not played in Ligue 1 given nutritious a leg detonate in Sep 2015 during a joining diversion conflicting Bordeaux.
With Nice trailing to a idea from striker Steve Mounie in a ninth minute, Le Bihan transposed Donis in a 59th notation and scored 9 mins later. He slotted home a leader with a stoical finish 4 mins from time, following a issuing pierce that started in Nice’s chastisement area.
Nice stays a usually group still dominant during home along with fortifying champion Paris Saint-Germain.
Montpellier dominated a initial half and Mounie scored his 11th idea this deteriorate from tighten operation after Nice unsuccessful to transparent a giveaway flog from midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, who afterwards strike a post with a curling shot in a final minute.
Monaco travels to Guingamp on Saturday and third-place PSG, that is 3 points behind, is during sour opposition Marseille on Sunday.
NANTES 3, DIJON 1
Substitute Felipe Pardo scored a excellent idea as Nantes changed 6 points transparent of a relegation zone.
Yacine Bammou non-stop a scoring for Nantes after 3 mins with a low shot underneath screw Baptiste Reynet, though a hosts could not reason their lead as defender Leo Dubois inadvertently flicked a round into a behind of his possess net in a 37th.
Striker Emiliano Sala done it 2-1 from a symbol nearby a hour symbol and Pardo finished a win in character with 11 mins left.
The former Olympiakos actor got to a round initial on a dilemma of a area after Reynet raced from his goal, got past a defender with a excellent leap nearby to a dilemma dwindle and afterwards arrowed a round into a conflicting corner.
Nantes is in 11th place and Montpellier is 12th.