MX23RW : Thursday, April 2 11:46:07| >> :600:357267:357267:
Apr 6, 2014 at 1pm UK at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
St EtienneSaint-Etienne
1-1
Nice
Gradel (92' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-0)
Bodmer (57')
Digard (89')

Result: Late penalty earns Saint-Etienne a point against Nice

A late penalty from Max Gradel gives Saint-Etienne a 1-1 draw at home to Nice in today's Ligue 1 clash.

Saint-Etienne needed a late penalty to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Nice in this afternoon's Ligue 1 clash.

St Etienne's Ivorian forward Max-Alain Gradel is congratulated by his teammates Josuha Guilavogui (L) after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne (ASSE) vs Nice (OGC) on April 6, 2014© Getty Images

The game was tight in the opening stages, with both sides struggling to create any chances when going forward.

The visitors troubled the Saint-Etienne defence with a corner delivered to the back post, but Alexy Bosetti couldn't hook the ball back into the area.

sNice's French midfielder Mathieu Bodmer is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne (ASSE) vs Nice (OGC) on April 6, 2014© Getty Images

The home side threatened from a corner soon after, but Loic Perrin's header went off target.

Yohan Mollo whipped in a dangerous free kick for Saint-Etienne, but the Nice defence stood firm and cleared well.

Valentin Eysseric had the first shot on target from a free kick, but the effort didn't trouble the goalkeeper, who collected easily.

Josuha Guilavogui worked the space for a decent shot on goal, but the goalkeeper saved well to deny the midfielder.

The home side started the second half strongly and pushed Nice back into their own half as they searched for the first goal.

Nice then shocked the home side when they took the lead on 57 minutes through Mathieu Bodmer, who flicked a header past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

Bodmer almost grabbed a second goal from a cross from the right, however, his touch wasn't enough to take it past the keeper.

Max Gradel cut inside from the wing for Saint-Etienne, but his shot was easily kept out.

The home side almost found an equaliser from a free kick, but Guilavogui's header bounced just over the bar.

Perrin should have made it 1-1 late in the game, but his header was kept out by David Ospina, who pulled off an impressive save to palm clear.

Saint-Etienne were given a huge chance in injury time when the referee awarded a penalty and sent off Nice's Didier Digard for a deliberate handball.

Gradel stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 1-1 and secure a late point.

ID:148437:
Share this article now:
Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Nice (OGCN) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on March 28, 2014
Read Next:
Result: Own goal enough for PSG
>
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Live scores banner
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG27222375245168
2Marseille28168441291256
3Rennes28155838241450
4Lille2815493527849
5Reims28101172621541
6Nice2811894138341
7Lyon281171042271540
8Montpellier HSCMontpellier28117103534140
9MonacoMonaco28117104444040
10Angers28116112833-539
11StrasbourgStrasbourg27115113232038
12Bordeaux2891094034637
13NantesNantes28114132831-337
14Brest28810103437-334
15Metz28810102735-834
16Dijon2879122737-1030
17Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2886142945-1630
18Nimes2876152944-1527
19AmiensAmiens28411133150-1923
20Toulouse2834212258-3613

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!