GUINGAMP, May 15 (Ligue 1) - Guingamp's quest to avoid relegation from Ligue 1 took a cruel twist as two late Nice goals condemned them to a 2-1 defeat at the Stade Roudourou.
The home side had taken the lead through Beli Moumouni Dagano after 26 minutes and looked on course for three priceless points that would have secured their future in the top-flight for another season.
However, goals in the last six minutes from Sammy Traore and former Sunderland man Lilian Laslandes broke Guingamp fans' hearts.
After George Ba's early lob was saved by Guingamp keeper Ronan Le Crom, the home side sparked into life and took the lead.
Auriol Guillaume's flick on from Jerome Leroy's corner fell to an unmarked Dagano, who turned on the edge of the six yard box to rifle Guingamp into a lead they kept until half-time.
Leroy then wasted a great chance to double Guingamp's advantage straight from the restart.
The midfielder shot wide when one-on-one with Nice keeper Damien Gregorini after Dagano cleverly played him in.
After 76 minutes, Nisa Saveljic then somehow contrived to blow the game for Guingamp.
Leroy's cross from the left hand side left the defender staring at an open goal but he somehow managed to put the chance over the bar and the team from Brittany would come to rue their profligacy.
To add insult to injury, Nice equalised eight minutes later, when Romain Pitau's free-kick from the right was headed in by Traore.
Then in the final minute, defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory when Laslandes tapped in substitute Oumar Bakari's cross at the far post.
However, Guingamp still have their fate in their own hands and will remain in Ligue 1 if they win their final match of the season.