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Nice claim maiden away victory in Europe

OGC Nice's Malang Sarr and Red Bull Salzburg's Fredrik Gulbrandsen during the match at the Red Bull Arena, Salzburg
OGC Nice's Malang Sarr and Red Bull Salzburg's Fredrik Gulbrandsen during the match at the Red Bull Arena, Salzburg Reuters/Dominic Ebenbichler

A first-half goal from Alassane Plea secured Nice's first away European football win, as they defeated Salzburg 1-0 in the Europa League.

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The 23-year-old made the most of a heavy touch from the Austrain's defender Paulo Miranda en-route to scoring, as the Ligue 1 team also won for the first time this season in Group I.

Nice, who were without in-form striker Mario Balotelli, lost their first two group stage games and are now three points away from second-placed Krasnador, who lost 1-0 at home to leaders Schalke.

The closest Salzburg came to an equaliser last night at Red Bull Arena was a second-half shot from Valentino Lazaro that went inches wide. Salzburg are yet to earn a point in the Europa League.

Next for nice in the competition is Salzburg at home and Les Aiglons take on Metz on Sunday in France's top division.

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