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Striker Lucas Barrios as Montpellier moves into 6th place; Nantes climbs up to 8th


PARIS — Paraguayan forward Lucas Barrios scored the winning goal as Montpellier rallied to beat Nice 2-1 on Sunday to move up to sixth place in the French league.

Midfielder Eric Bautheac's penalty put Nice ahead in the 36th minute, but midfielder Bryan Dabo equalized just before the interval and Barrios pounced midway through the second half for coach Rolland Courbis' side.

Montpellier, which is level on points with Bordeaux but is ahead on goal difference, is one point behind Monaco — which was hosting Paris Saint-Germain later Sunday.

Also Sunday, striker Yacine Bammou scored midway through the second half as Nantes beat Guingamp 1-0 to win for the first time in eight league games and move up to eigth spot.

Nantes had defender Oswaldo Vizcarrondo sent off in the last minute.

Bautheauc confidently sent goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren the wrong way from the spot after defender Mathieu Deplagne had barged into Swedish midfielder Niklas Hult.

Dabo equalized in the 44th with a neatly-taken goal, controlling a deflected cross with his chest and hitting a half-volley into the top left corner.

Barrios finished from close range in the 66th after forward Souleymane Camara's shot was saved by 19-year-old goalie Mouez Hassen.

A win for PSG later would move it above Lyon and into top spot for the first time this season.

Lyon lost 2-1 at Lorient on Saturday and Marseille slipped to a 3-2 home defeat against Caen on Friday night, after leading 2-0.

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