Waiting for the Clásico between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille (a meeting to follow live with comments on our FM site from 8:45 pm), matchday 32 of Ligue 1 continued this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. At the Allianz Riviera, OGC Nice (6th, 51pts) received FC Lorient (16th, 31pts) in a match with different challenges for the two teams. Orphaned by the least victory since their triumph against the club from the capital on March 5 (1-0), the Gymnasium, dryly defeated by RC Lens last weekend (0-3), could nonetheless return at the foot of the podium just in case of victory Winners in the generosity of ASSE (6-2) during the previous day, the Hake had, for their part, the opportunity to take a big step towards maintenance.
For this match, Christophe Galtier, deprived of Dante, Lemina, Schneiderlin, Claude-Maurice or even Atal, maintained his traditional flat 4-4-2 where Kluivert, Stengs, Gouiri and Delort formed Nice’s attacking quartet. For his part, Christophe Pélissier opted for a 3-4-3. In Le Fée’s absence, Innocent and Abergel formed the double pivot. Present at the front of the Lorient attack, Soumano was accompanied by Moffi and Laurienté, established on the wings. However, under the Riviera sun, this duel was slow to resolve. Master of possession but amorphous on offense, the Gym failed to destabilize the visiting block during the first half hour. More acute in the minutes, the niçois were more dangerous just before the break but neither Kluivert (35, 43), nor Delort, with a shot flirting with the left post by Les Merlus (45+1), did not disappoint the vigilance of Dreyer.
Andy Delort wears OGC Nice in the race for Europe!
In check at the break, the riviera club returned with the same offensive intentions that were seen at the end of the first act. Shifted to the left side, Kluivert came back with his right foot but eventually saw his shot go well over the Lorient goals (48th). Much more present in the rival area, the Aiglon pushed the Merlus to the limit and logically they were going to be rewarded. At a foul in his own area after a duel with Thuram, Jenz offered Nice a penalty that Delort calmly converted (1-0, 54th). Thanks to his 11th goal in Ligue 1, the former MHSC striker freed his team. However, a short-lived joy for the Aiglons, which was quickly reflected on the scoreboard. Author of a superb solo attack after a passage down the left wing with Le Goff, Laurienté eliminated Stengs with a hook and tricked Benítez with a low right hand (1-1, 61).
Carried away by this equalizer, the people of Lorient even thought of calmly taking the lead. Served deep by Abergel, Moffi eliminated the Riviera captain and finished with a hard shot into the empty net but the referee eventually returned to offside early in the action (64th). Coinciding with the arrival of the last quarter of an hour, the two coaches made some changes with the entries of Monconduit and Koné for FCL and the appearances of Bard, Boudaoui and Dolberg for Nice. Despite the pressure from Nice in the final minutes, such as this dangerous comeback from Dolberg (87), Nice could not make a difference. But in the last moments the inevitable Delort reappeared to offer himself a double header (2-1, 88) and allow his team to snatch a precious victory (2-1) in the race to Europe. A victory that allows the Gym to rise to 4th place. For its part, the FCL remains in 16th place, three steps ahead of the play-off position currently held by Clermont..
The official line-ups at kick-off
The XI of the OGC Nice
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The XI of FC Lorient
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