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Nice Back On Top Of Ligue 1 As PSG Stumble Against Montpellier

Nice reclaimed the top spot in ’s after a 3-0 victory over Toulouse on Sunday. They now stand three points clear of runners-up ahead of next week’s tough game with defending champions Paris Saint-Germain.

nice-vs-toulouse‘Les Aiglons,’ who were last crowned French champions in 1959, opened the scoring after 22 minutes when Alassane Plea sprung the offside trap before firing through the legs of 17-year-old keeper Alban Lafont.

toulouse-against-niceJust four minutes later, Morocco forward Younes Belhanda doubled the lead after a great touch and volley over Lafont from outside the area.

Midfielder Jean Seri then drilled home in the second half to make it 12 wins in 16 Ligue 1 appearances for Lucien Favre’s side.

di-maria-for-psgWith the victory, Nice go top on 39 goals beyond Monaco, who won 5-0 at home to Bastia on Saturday to move temporarily on top of the table on goal difference.

Paris Saint-Germain, who were beaten 3-0 at Montpellier on Saturday, are third in the table on 35 points and will welcome Nice in exactly one week on December 11 at the Parc des Princes.

montpellier-celebrateEarlier on Sunday, Paul-Georges Ntep scored his first French League goal this season to inspire Rennes to a 2-0 victory over Saint-Etienne, and move to fourth in Ligue 1.

Missing several chances in the first half, Christian Gourcuff’s team came out on top after the interval, with Kamil Grosicki making it 2-0 in added time after Ntep had put the hosts in front in the 54th minute.

montpellier-vs-psgIn other games on the day, beat Nancy Lorraine 3-0 at home, leaping over Angers and Montpellier and climbing to 10th position.

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