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Football:Nice crush Bordeaux to go second in Ligue 1

NICE, France :Nice hammered Girondins de Bordeaux 4-0 to continue their fine start to the Ligue 1 season on Saturday a week after crowd trouble marred their previous outing.

In a game played behind closed doors pending investigations into the incidents that caused their home match against Olympique de Marseille to be abandoned last Sunday, Nice prevailed through an early Justin Kluivert goal, a double by Amine Gouiri and Khephren Thuram's late strike.

The result lifted them to second on seven points from three completed matches, two behind Paris St Germain who travel to Reims on Sunday.

Dutch winger Kluivert opened the scoring after seven minutes when he volleyed home from Hicham Boudaoui's cross to give Christophe Galtier's side a perfect start.

He also assisted in the second goal, playing Gouiri through for the striker to finish the job with a left-footed effort on 33 minutes.

Kluivert then limped off the pitch but Galtier said he was taken out only as a precaution after feeling pain in his groin.

Gouiri made it 3-0 three minutes before the interval as he converted a penalty after being brought down by centre back Laurent Koscielny.

Thuram, the former French international Lilian's second son and brother of France striker Marcus, added another with five minutes left from inside the area shortly after coming on as a substitute.

Bordeaux, who have yet to win a game this season, are 17th with two points from four outings.

Marseille are fifth after Cengiz Under found the net for the third time this season in a 3-1 home victory against St Etienne.

Turkey striker Under, who joined from AS Roma in the close season, added to Matteo Guendouzi and Gerson's goals with a fine curled strike to put the hosts on seven points from three games.

(Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar and Ken Ferris)

Source: Reuters


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