PARIS (AP) – The pressure on Nice coach Patrick Vieira has increased after six games without a win, so the 2-0 win at home in the French league against Reims on Sunday was timely.
It was the first victory since September 21, when the South Coast team climbed to third place. Nice's form turned into four league defeats and a draw, followed by the midweek elimination of the League Cup against second-tier Le Mans.
Nice desperately needed to beat Reims and was helped when visiting midfielder Moussa Doumbia, who was sent off on 26 minutes. Vieira's team quickly seized midfielder Wylan Cyprien on 32 minutes and defender Christophe Herelle in second just before the break.
"This victory will do us great and give us some confidence," said Vieira, who was disappointed to hear home fans whistle at his team in the end. "We are in a difficult period, the three points are more important than the way we play."
Nice provisionally moved up to 12th ahead of Saint-Etienne's home game against Monaco on Sunday.
Nantes missed the chance to close the gap to leaders Paris Saint-Germain by five points after losing 2-0 at Bordeaux.
Defeat fell Nantes to third place behind Angers, while Bordeaux increased to sixth with goals from Guinea striker François Kamano and South Korea striker Hwang Ui-jo.
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