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Toulouse 1 Nice 1: Favre's men suffer hefty blow to title challenge

Goal.com logo Goal.com 23-04-2017

Nice's slim Ligue 1 title hopes look to have been all-but ended as Lucien Favre's men could only draw 1-1 at Toulouse.

Failing to secure a win means Nice are now three points behind second-placed Monaco, who have two games in hand and play Lyon later on Sunday, and six adrift of leaders and defending champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Nice were on top for much of the first half and went close twice early on, with Mickael Le Bihan shooting over when one-on-one with Alban Lafont, before Jean Seri saw a free-kick come back off the post.

They failed to make the most of their time in the ascendancy, though, and Toulouse started the second period a much-improved force.

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Unlike Nice, Toulouse did take advantage of being in charge, as Corentin Jean pounced on a loose ball in the area and fired left-footed into the bottom-right corner.

But their lead lasted less than three minutes, with Valentin Eysseric emphatically dispatching after Toulouse failed to clear a corner.

Younes Belhanda was tripped in the area by Somalia shortly after but did not get a penalty and chances were infrequent for the remainder, as Nice were resigned to dropping points.

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