Belhanda again makes an impression as Nice earns 1-1 draw

PARIS (AP) " Midfielder Younes Belhanda again made an impression for Nice as he scored a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at his former club Montpellier on Sunday.

Last weekend, Belhanda came off the bench to set up a late winner against Marseille in a 3-2 home win with a brilliant back heel.

This time, after going close in the first half, the lively Belhanda struck in the 85th minute, giving Nice an important point that moves it into second place in the French league behind local rival Monaco.

Formerly one of the most highly-rated young players in the French league, Belhanda helped unheralded Montpellier win the title against all odds four years ago, with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain finishing second.

The Morocco international is currently on loan from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev, where he has been in and out of the side over the past three years, having also had a spell with German side Schalke last season.

Also Sunday, winger Romain Hamouma scored a penalty in the third minute of injury time as Saint-Etienne beat Corsican side Bastia 1-0.

Elsewhere, Marseille drew 0-0 at home to bitter rival Lyon.

There were no away fans allowed following violent clashes between rival supporters last season before the match.

The result did nothing much for either side, with Lyon ninth and Marseille down in 15th.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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