Lens make point in Nice
Relegation-threatened Lens failed to win for the 12th successive away game, but battled hard for a point by securing a goalless draw at Nice on Saturday to ease themselves to within touching distance of safety.
Lens coach Laszlo Boloni had lost his last four Ligue 1 matches in Nice, but the Romanian saw his current charges defend stubbornly to claim a draw that leaves them just a point adrift of safety.
Only four goals had been scored in the six previous meetings between the pair, so it was hardly surprising that neither goalkeeper was particularly stretched in a keenly-contested opening half-hour.
With defences on top, goalscoring opportunities were at a premium, though Julien Sablé did sting the hands of Vedran Runje with a long-range effort - the only real save the Croatian international had to make before the break.
Runje's opposite number, David Ospina, was brought into action just after the interval with the Colombian turning away Toifilou Maoulida's shot. He then twice frustrated Yohan Démont, first tipping aside a speculative drive before brilliantly blocking a point-blank effort from the Lens man - the offside flag was up, but Ospina could not have known.
Eric Mouloungui's pace was a problem for the visitors, and having sped beyond Henri Bedimo, he probably should have done better than send his chip over Runje's bar while Lens' Eduardo will also harbour regrets he did not do more with a late chance than fire wide of the target.