After 17 months out injured, Mickaël Le Bihan comes off the bench to rescue Nice

Nice were 1-0 down against Montpellier and in danger of falling behind their Ligue 1 title rivals until Mickaël Le Bihan scored two vital goals on his comeback

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Nice did well to beat Lorient last weekend and keep pace with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in the title race, despite finishing the match with 10 men. Nice had lost to Lorient in the Coupe de France in January and Bernard Casoni has had Lorient in better goalscoring form since taking over in November. Wylan Cyprien scored an early goal, however, and that was all Nice needed to pick up three points on a weekend when Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain could only draw.

The dismissed player in last weekend’s match was, inevitably, Mario Balotelli. After a strong start to the season, Balotelli’s form has dropped off – he has accumulated more red cards (two) than goals (one) in his last five league starts – but, with Nice’s top scorer Alassane Pléa ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, the team were desperately short of strikers for their match against Montpellier on Friday night. Having brought in only the promising but untested winger Bassem Srarfi and the veteran midfielder Mounir Obbadi in January, Nice were left without an orthodox striker against Montpellier, who have won three of four matches since Jean-Louis Gasset replaced Frédéric Hantz last month.

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