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Nice beats Montpellier 1-0 to stay in Europa League hunt

PARIS (AP) With the club's strikers failing to score, midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou's goal earned fifth-place Nice a hard-fought 1-0 home win against Montpellier on Sunday.

Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea have scored 14 league goals each this season. But neither could find a way past Montpellier's defense, the second best behind French champion Paris Saint-Germain.

Lees-Melou finally did get through, scoring with a fine strike from just outside the penalty area.


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