Nice dealt blow by Bastia in race for Europe

Paris (AFP) –


Bastia continued their climb up the Ligue 1 table on Friday with a 2-0 victory away to Champions League hopefuls Nice.

Hosts Nice, who have now won just once in six outings, were reduced to 10 men before the hour when Paul Baysse was dismissed, and Bastia took full advantage with goals from Sadio Diallo and Floyd Ayite shortly after.

Nice remain in third spot above Saint-Etienne on goal difference in the race for France's third Champions League berth, while Bastia moved up to 10th after registering a third straight win.

Paris Saint-Germain, unbeaten in 36 league matches, will aim to continue their march towards a fourth successive Ligue 1 title on Sunday when they visit fifth-place Lyon.