French Ligue 1
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Nice 2-1 Montpellier

Mickael le Bihan
Mickael le Bihan was making his fourth appearance in Ligue 1, having spent most of his career in the second tier

Nice striker Mickael le Bihan scored twice on his return after 17 months out with a broken leg as the Ligue 1 title contenders beat Montpellier.

Montpellier led when Steve Mounie took advantage of a defensive ricochet to fire home.

Le Bihan, whose last appearance was in September 2015, came off the bench after an hour and levelled with a 20-yard effort.

And he converted Arnaud Souquet's through ball for a late winner.

It was only the 26-year-old's fourth game for Nice, having suffered his injury weeks after a move from Le Havre.

Montpellier almost levelled in injury time when Ryad Boudebouz's free-kick struck the post.

Nice are behind leaders Monaco on goal difference, though their local rivals can go three points ahead again when they visit Guingamp on Saturday (16:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Nice

  • 30Cardinale
  • 2Souquet
  • 4Baysse
  • 31Dante
  • 29Chagas EstevaoBooked at 71mins
  • 25Cyprien
  • 24ObbadiSubstituted forKozielloat 87'minutes
  • 6Seri
  • 13EyssericSubstituted forSrarfiat 88'minutes
  • 22DonisSubstituted forLe Bihanat 60'minutes
  • 5BelhandaBooked at 49mins

Substitutes

  • 10Le Bihan
  • 11Srarfi
  • 15Burner
  • 18Walter
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 26Koziello
  • 40Benítez

Montpellier

  • 1Pionnier
  • 23Mukiele
  • 4Da Silva
  • 3Congré
  • 24RoussillonSubstituted forDeplagneat 78'minutes
  • 5SyllaBooked at 85minsSubstituted forDollyat 88'minutes
  • 13Skhiri
  • 7Lasne
  • 28Sessegnon
  • 15MounieSubstituted forMbenzaat 70'minutes
  • 10Boudebouz

Substitutes

  • 8Passi
  • 12Pokorny
  • 16Jourdren
  • 18Mbenza
  • 19Camara
  • 20Dolly
  • 25Deplagne
Referee:
Frank Schneider
Attendance:
18,998

Match Stats

Home TeamNiceAway TeamMontpellier
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Nice 2, Montpellier 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nice 2, Montpellier 1.

Attempt missed. Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Keagan Dolly with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Younès Belhanda (Nice).

Paul Lasne (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Arnaud Souquet (Nice) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mathieu Deplagne (Montpellier).

Substitution

Substitution, Montpellier. Keagan Dolly replaces Yacouba Sylla.

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Bassem Srarfi replaces Valentin Eysseric.

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Vincent Koziello replaces Mounir Obbadi.

Goal!

Goal! Nice 2, Montpellier 1. Mickael Le Bihan (Nice) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arnaud Souquet with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Younès Belhanda (Nice) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mounir Obbadi.

Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Nice).

Paul Lasne (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Montpellier. Mathieu Deplagne replaces Jérôme Roussillon because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Mounir Obbadi (Nice) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wylan Cyprien with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Wylan Cyprien (Nice) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mounir Obbadi.

Booking

Dalbert (Nice) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dalbert (Nice).

Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Montpellier. Isaac Mbenza replaces Steve Mounie.

Goal!

Goal! Nice 1, Montpellier 1. Mickael Le Bihan (Nice) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Valentin Eysseric.

Attempt missed. Valentin Eysseric (Nice) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mounir Obbadi.

Attempt missed. Wylan Cyprien (Nice) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Younès Belhanda.

Offside, Nice. Younès Belhanda tries a through ball, but Mickael Le Bihan is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Mickael Le Bihan replaces Anastasios Donis.

Attempt missed. Daniel Congré (Montpellier) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryad Boudebouz with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Dalbert.

Attempt saved. Wylan Cyprien (Nice) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Valentin Eysseric.

Nordi Mukiele (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Younès Belhanda (Nice).

Attempt blocked. Arnaud Souquet (Nice) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anastasios Donis.

Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (Montpellier).

Mounir Obbadi (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Younès Belhanda (Nice) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nordi Mukiele (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Younès Belhanda (Nice).

Attempt missed. Hilton (Montpellier) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jérôme Roussillon with a cross.

Hand ball by Stéphane Sessegnon (Montpellier).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco26185376245259
2Nice27178244212359
3Paris St G26175450183256
4Lyon251411049311843
5Saint-Étienne26109731211039
6Marseille2611693531439
7Bordeaux2610973231139
8Toulouse2697103128334
9Guingamp2697103033-334
10Rennes268992531-633
11Nantes2696112235-1333
12Montpellier2788113945-632
13Angers2686122233-1130
14Lille2685132432-829
15Caen2684142643-1728
16Metz2586112545-2028
17Dijon2769123744-727
18Nancy2676131834-1627
19Bastia2558122233-1123
20Lorient2664162752-2522
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