Nice resists Lille and confirms its revival


An enticing duel on this Sunday afternoon. In a better state of form since the arrival of Didier Digard, OGC Nice (9th) received LOSC (6th), still attractive under Paulo Fonseca, at the Allianz Riviera during the 20th day of Ligue 1. And the two teams did not take long to ignite the powder. With a sublime volley, Khephren Thuram alerted Lucas Chevalier for the first time (9th). The Lille responded tit for tat through Rémy Cabella, but the former Montpellier player completely missed his face-to-face (10th). Confusing at the start of the match, the Niçois continued to push like Gaëtan Laborde who got two good chances (13th, 14th).

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In this duel where the two formations went blow for blow, Lille was close to hitting hard twice, but Cabella (once again) harvested in the zone of truth (25th, 28th). The Mastiffs did not release their pressure on the cages of Kasper Schmeichel, but still did not find the fault despite a post from Timothy Weah (31st). And the visitors ended up paying for their lack of efficiency in front of the cages. On a terrible loss of ball from Cabella (definitely), Badredine Bouanani rushed alone against the Lille goalkeeper. The Franco-Algerian decided to play mischievously in his duel and served on a set Laborde who only had to push the ball into the back of the net (1-0, 35th). An opener that sounded Jonathan David’s teammates, who were no longer going to be dangerous until the break.

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The second period started again on the same bases as the first with Lille still as enterprising, but Schmeichel watched over a corner (48th). As in the first 45 minutes, the locals were quick to respond with Aaron Ramsey who stumbled on the Lille goalkeeper (60th). Faced with a Nice team which regrouped more and more in its half of the field, Lille managed less and less to approach the goals of the Danish goalkeeper, despite an interesting situation from David (66th). Coherent defensively in this second half, the Gym left much less space for the northern attackers than in the first period.

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Despite a possession clearly in favor of the Mastiffs in the money-time, the Aiglons resisted firmly until the final whistle (only one shot on target for LOSC after the break). With this precious success, the Niçois continue their operation to move up the rankings and are now in eighth place just behind the pack of favorites. Lille for its part misses the opportunity to make a good move by returning to the height of their direct adversaries for the European places. LOSC remains 7th.

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