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Angelo Fulgini frustrates Nice as Angers snatch late equaliser

Alassane Plea’s eighth goal in five games had put Nice ahead.

Nice’s push for European football next season was dented by a 1-1 draw at Angers.

Alassane Plea’s eighth goal in five games after 67 minutes seemed set to take Nice above Rennes and into fifth place in Ligue 1.

But Angelo Fulgini’s first league goal since mid-October gave Angers a late share of the spoils and boosted their bid to remain in the division.

Nice controlled the first half but created little of note as the ball was moved too slowly.

Jean Michael Seri had their best opportunity after 36 minutes, but Angers goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle gathered in front of his net at the second attempt.

But Seri made amends when he set up Plea, who brushed off Vincent Manceau’s challenge before beating Butelle.

Angers almost equalised when Thomas Mangani crossed and Karl Toko Ekambi forced a brilliant close-range stop from Walter Benitez.

But Angers levelled six minutes from time when Fulgini swept the ball past the helpless Benitez.

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