Nice 3 - 1 Troyes

Match info: Ligue 1 at Municipal du Ray

Date: 28/04/2013 KO: 16:00 Ref: A Gautier

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Luigi Bruins 77
Renato Civelli 34
Dario Cvitanich 45



Mohamed Yattare 20

FT (ht: 2-1)

  • Last Updated: April 27 2013, 10:34 BST

Troyes coach Jean-Marc Furlan says his basement-dwellers still face a tough task to escape the drop zone despite their morale-boosting victory in midweek.

Jean-Marc Furlan: Looking to win every game to avoid the drop
Jean-Marc Furlan: Looking to win every game to avoid the drop

Troyes claimed their first away win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Rennes on Wednesday, taking them to within six points of safety with five matches remaining.

The gap remains a significant one to bridge, and Furlan is keeping expectations in check.

"If we win all our remaining matches, we stay up," he said. "The problem is that we haven't been able to do that so far this season.

"So, from experience, I know it will be complicated.

"Six points, that's a lot. But we mustn't let our ranking - whatever it is - get in the way of the work of an entire club and its team."

While Troyes' prospects remain bleak, the same cannot be said of Sunday's opponents Nice, who are riding high in sixth and enjoying a spirited battle for a European berth.

With current fourth-placed side St Etienne having already qualified for the Europa League courtesy of last week's win in the Coupe de la Ligue final, Nice appear to be in a head-to-head with Lille to claim a berth in the same competition via the league.

Three wins and three defeats in their last six games appears to suggest Nice's fans are in for a rollercoaster ride over the final five games, but all coach Claude Puel wants come May 25 is to be able to says his players gave all they had.

"Our position allows us a certain ambition," said Puel.

"I think we must keep our future in our hands.

"We have to play hard, without restraint, and have no regrets."

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