Nice signed a great victory this Sunday against Montpellier (3-1) during the 34th day of Ligue 1. At the end of a spectacular duel, the Riviera club is getting closer to qualifying places for Europe.
Who said the early afternoon matches in Ligue 1 weren’t spectacular? The duel between Nice and Montpellier this Sunday proved the opposite during the 34th day. After a very rhythmic meeting, OGC Nice clinched a great victory against MHSC (3-1) on its ground at the Allianz Riviera.
“We reacted well after the match against Dijon where we were very disappointed. We wanted to be a bit of a surprise and fight for Europe and we made a non-match, explained Morgan Schneiderlin at the microphone of Canal + Sport. The important thing was to show that it was an accident and that we responded well.We have been on a good dynamic since January and we want to continue like this until the end. […] We showed a lot of strength of character in this second part of the season. We know that we have not met all expectations this season and there are four games left. It’s up to us to finish well, to show this character and especially not to put on the flip-flops like last week. “
A crazy start to the match
At a time when some are still having lunch, we should not miss the start of this duel between the proteges of Adrian Ursea and those of Michel Der Zakarian. After only thirty seconds, Nicolas Cozza smashed the Aiglons bar. No time to feel sorry for his bad luck, the 22-year-old defender immediately saw Gaëtan Laborde score his thirteenth goal of the season in L1 on a pass from the head of his friend Andy Delort (0-1, 3rd) .
Starting at a frantic pace, this duel between ambitious people did not lose intensity and Hicham Boudaoui equalized almost immediately on a good serve from Kasper Dolberg in the Hérault area (1-1, 6th).
Montpellier overthrown in two minutes
Always so interesting to watch, this match then continued at a good pace until the last minutes of this first period and the two teams tried to produce an attractive and offensive play. On a free kick taken by Alexis Claude-Maurice, Jean-Clair Todibo scored his first goal for Nice (2-1, 39th).
On loan from Barcelona during the winter transfer window, the 21-year-old defender has regained confidence on the Côte d’Azur and the Aiglons seem to have gained in strength thanks to his duet with William Saliba.
In the process, Rony Lopes overflowed on the left wing and sent a strong cross in front of Jonas Omlin’s goals. In very good form, Alexis Claude-Maurice concluded from the left and allowed the Niçois to break away (3-1, 40th) and return to the locker room with a good lead.
“We were surprised when we had control. It was completely reversed, pleaded Daniel Congré for Canal + Sport after this catastrophic first period of the defense of Montpellier. We must regain confidence. We have the quality to hold the ball and better defend. […] We have to be more demanding of ourselves and more efficient in both areas. “
Nice still believes in Europe, putting a stop to the MHSC
Always so rhythmic but without additional goal, despite a post from Laborde (3-1, 83rd), the second period again gave rise to a pleasant final this Sunday.
More efficient in both surfaces, the Niçois won three precious points in the race for Europe. With this great success, Nice consolidates its ninth place in the standings but is only one point behind Montpellier (46pts and 47pts respectively).
If the fifth place held by OM (55pts) seems inaccessible unless there is a huge series and a big blow from the Phocéens, the sixth place of the Lensois (53pts) seems a little more playable.
Potentially qualifying for the Conference League in the event of victory for PSG or Monaco in the Coupe de France, the top 6 remains within range of the Aiglons. Despite a fourth consecutive game without a win (three draws and one defeat), the MHSC also remains placed to fight until the end to win a European ticket but suffered a sharp stop in Nice.