Ligue 1: Nice falls out of Lorient trap thanks to a double from Delorte

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Against Lorient, OGC Nice had to return to winning ways to continue their confidence in qualifying for the Champions League. Thanks to Andy Delorte’s double, Christophe Gaultier’s men completed their mission (2–1). Hucks lose precious points for their maintenance.

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Under the influence of Allianz Rivera, 22 players took the time to end the game. It must be said that for Nice and Lorient (2-1) this meeting had a certain significance. With four matches and a breakthrough against PSG, Nicoise has not experienced defeat and is left behind in the race for Champions League qualification.

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To take three points, Christophe Gaultier bet on the attack with tenures from Stangs, Kluivert, Delorte and Gouri. But like the Hux, the locals struggle to keep up with the move on the accelerator. Despite Nice’s dominance in the first period, the chances are slim. Kluivert thinks of entering a Gems with a long shot but Matthew Dreyer pulls out the required save.

At the break, it looks like neither of the two teams have the weapons to take precedence over the other. But one incident revived the debate. In the 54th minute, Janz fouled after a fine number from Thuram in the box. The referee quickly blows a penalty whistle which Andy Delorte converts.

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Delorte keeps Champions League dreams alive

If Lorient did not have many chances during the first act, Delort’s goal inspired Christophe Pélissier’s men. Seven minutes later, Lorient fired a shot to his side that slipped between Benitez’s legs. In the 64th minute, Mophie looks to give her team the advantage but her goal is denied for a clear offside.

As the match came to an end, oncoming Dolberg provided an assist for Delorte who, with a header, scored a very important double for his team. Thanks to this complicated victory, Nice temporarily climbs to fourth place, and puts pressure on Strasbourg against Troyes (3 p.m.).

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The situation is complicated for visitors who lose valuable points in the fight to keep up. Especially since Clermont wins against Metz, Lorient will be only one unit ahead of Barrage.

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