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Aug 29, 2013 at 7pm UK at Stade Municipal du Ray
AEL Limassol
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Nice win is not enough to progress

Nice are knocked out of the Europa League by Apollon Limassol, despite a 1-0 win this evening.

A 1-0 win for Nice over AEL Limassol this evening was not enough to qualify for the Europa League group stages.

Nice's Dario Cvitanich is congratulated by team mates after scoring the opening goal against Apollon Limassol during their Europa League play-off match on August 29, 2013© AFP

The French side had lost 2-0 in Cyprus last week, and despite a spirited effort tonight, it is Limassol who progress.

Nice could not have wished for a better start, taking the lead within four minutes thanks to Dario Cvitanich, who collected Nampalys Mendy's pass and finished well.

They almost found a second after a similarly quick start to the second half, but Valentin Eysseric's curling effort was tipped wide.

The hosts were denied a big penalty claim midway through the half when Eric Bautheac went down, but the referee waved play on.

Limassol did an excellent job of thwarting Nice's attacks after that and almost equalised late on through Gaston Sangoy, but Nice were able to clear.

It did not matter though, as the Cypriots had done enough in the first leg, and held out for a 2-1 aggregate win.

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Gaston Sangoy (R) of Apollon Limassol dribbles past Kevin Gomis of OGC Nice (L) during the first leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifying football match in Limassol, Cyprus on August 22, 2013
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