Nice fight back to draw at Rennes
Valentin Eysseric netted a late equaliser as OGC Nice came from two goals down to draw 2-2 away to Stade Rennais FC at Roazhon Park on Sunday.
Stade Rennais FC 2 - 2 OGC Nice
It looked set to be another damaging defeat for Lucien Favre's side in their title bid. Rennes took the lead with just seven minutes on the clock as Giovanni Sio set up Morgan Amalfitano, the Nice-born former LOSC player marking his home debut for the Brittany side with a fine chipped finish over Yoan Cardinale.
The home side then doubled their lead midway through the first half. When an Amalfitano corner from the right was not properly cleared by the Nice defence, Sanjin Prcic returned the ball towards goal on the volley and his effort was deflected off Paul Baysse into the path of Sio. The Ivorian converted and the goal eventually stood after discussions between the officials about a possible offside.
Nice also lost Alassane Pléa to injury before the interval but in adversity they fought back brilliantly after the break.
Anastasios Donis had replaced Pléa and the Greek youngster reduced the deficit, applying a fine finish after latching onto an Eysseric pass in behind for his first Ligue 1 goal (59'). Eysseric then ran through to make it 2-2 nine minutes from the end after a Jean Michaël Seri pass over the top caught out the home back line.
In the circumstances it is a good point for Favre's men, but they are now five points behind leaders AS Monaco.
THE PLAYER: Valentin Eysseric
With Mario Balotelli sidelined and Pléa going off with a knee injury, Eysseric stepped up with a goal and an assist to earn Nice a point.
THE STAT: 9
Rennes are now nine league games without a win.