FRENCH LIGUE 1

Stade Louis-Dugauguez, France

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Sedan

  • Olivier Echouafni 90' +2' OG

1 - 1

FT

Nice

  • Bakari Koné 88' PEN

Sedan 1-1 Nice

SEDAN, April 21 (Ligue 1) - A dramatic finale to the game saw Sedan fight from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Nice in their crucial Ligue 1 relegation battle at the Stade Louis-Dugauguez on Saturday.

Bakari Kone's 88th minute penalty looked to have stolen all three points for the visitors, but the game took another thrilling twist two minutes later with Olivier Echouafni's own goal handing the Ardennes team a share of the spoils.

With both teams locked in a relegation dogfight, three points would have been a much better reward, especially for the hosts, who remain second bottom six points adrift of safety.

The game was a nervous affair from the start with both teams opting to sit back and shoot from distance.

First to try his luck from long range was Gregory Pujol for the hosts, his 25-yard strike after 10 minutes well saved by Hugo Lloris in the Nice goal.

Stephane Noro then tested Lloris with a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area, which was punched away by the goalkeeper.

At the other end, Kone found himself at the end of a long ball, but his strike from inside the penalty area was smartly cleared by Patrick Regnault.

In the 35th minute an excellent run and cross by Florent Balmont on the left was met by Kone, who failed to find the target from six yards as the visitors began to gain the ascendancy shortly before half time.

Balmont himself then came close in the second half, before Nadir Belhadj put Noro's deflected shot onto the post from eight yards out in the best chance of the game.

The pair again combined on the hour mark with the Algerian denied this time by a fine save at his feet by Lloris.

Two minutes from the end, David Ducourtioux fouled Honorato Ederson in the penalty area and Kone clinically finished what looked like a winning penalty.

But it was not to be and in the 90th minute, Echouafni tried to block a half-saved effort from Lloris but only succeeded in pushing the ball into his own goal.