League 1: Nice would have difficulty undoing Nantes to reinforce his second place

The Aiglons beat the Canaries 2 goals at 1, Friday night for the opening of the 21st day. They stay away from the Paris leader, but are well installed on the podium.

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It’s a slap that surely did good. Since Strasbourg humiliated it (3-0) on his lawn on December 5th, the Nice team chained four consecutive successes in Ligue 1. After Rennes, Lens and Brest, the men of Christophe Galtier came to the end. From Nantes, Friday, January 14 in their enclosure of the Allianz Riviera, on the score of 2 goals at 1, thanks to an individual feat of Khephren Thuram, opening of the 21 e day.

With 39 points, Nice thus performs a very nice accounting operation: Nantes, author of a first promising season part, is relegated to 9 e ten-point position, and Marseille, third, will be in the obligation to beat Lille Sunday night to pick up.

Yet this victory was laborious and acquired after a mastered match on certain periods only. Until the end, the canaries have pushed to equalize, without success. It was not until a superb riding of Khephren Thuram, gone from his camp to beat Alban Lafont on the left after a relay with Amine Gouiri (2-1, 56 e ), to see the red and black resume The advantage and take away.

Arranged in 5-4-1 with the only Randal Kolo Muani in the tip, Nantes had, initially, to wait in bulk and to counter. Despite a good start Niçois, it quickly failed to work as a result of a bad control of Dante. Kolo Muani took the opportunity to pump the balloon with the Brazilian central defender. But it was not counting on the right comeback Jordan Amavi, holder with Nice for the first time since his departure to Aston Villa in the summer of 2015. And especially on the solid exit from Walter Benitez in the foot of the Nantes (16 e ).

Second goal of the year of Dolberg

With more than 70% ownership, the sours have not stopped attacking. They have logically been rewarded when, for its debut in Ligue 1, Abdoulaye Sylla, 21, has landed by the hand and in the surface a head of Dante to the second pole, on a corner of Justin Kluivert (20 e / sup>). Kasper Dolberg took the opportunity to sanction the Nantes and register his sixth goal of the championship season, his second in two matches in 2022 (1-0, 21 e ).

On the other hand, the Danish international, which has turned around, has been wrong in the Nice wall, when equalizing Andrei Girotto’s free kick just before the break (1-1, 45 e ). It is especially the big misunderstanding of Benitez who has allowed Nantes to return to the locker rooms on this equalization.

After leasing, Nice had stopped playing in the first time, causing the frustration of the Southern coach, Christophe Galtier: “It is annoying to see such a loosening. As soon as we have marked, there is had a total relaxation. We left Nantes play. I felt crackling and excess zeal. “

If the beginning of the second half has been different, the offensive animation has left something to be desired, until Thuram, excellent, is distinguished (56 e ) and offers a valuable success in his family. And regrets at the Nantes who bow for the first time in the last five games. “We did what it was necessary to mark but the high level, it’s efficiency. I hope this match will allow us to learn and grow,” Constated Antoine Kombouaré, Coach of Canaris.

/Media reports.