OGC Nice-OM: The Match Notes

At the end of a very well managed match, the Aiglons are doing well and winning (3-0) thanks to Thuram, Gouiri and Claude-Maurice. First defeat for Jorge Sampaoli since his enthronement on the Marseille bench.

On the occasion of the 30th day of Ligue 1, OGC Nice hosted Olympique de Marseille at the Allianz Riviera. The Aiglons who remained in a draw against Lorient (1-1) last weekend, wanted to pay the scalp of OM to catch a glimpse of the first part of the table. On the Olympian side, we hoped that the Sampaoli effect would continue after two consecutive victories for the Argentine technician’s debut on the bench. Securing fifth place remained the main objective of the Marseillais at the end of the season. For this 5 pm poster, Adrian Ursea lined up a 4-3-3 with the trio Gouiri, Maolida and Dolberg at the forefront. Jorge Sampaoli opted for a 5-3-2 with the duo Milik, Payet in attack.

We had to wait until the 9th minute to catch a glimpse of Gouri’s first strike on target of the match, but Mandanda was on top of things. The former OL striker took advantage of a good opening from Thuram to once again call on Mandanda (17th). OM got their first chance of the match on a Thauvin strike well captured by Benitez (28th). Rewarded for their fine first half hour, the Aiglons opened the scoring. Thuram shifted Gouiri to the left whose center again found Thuram who beat Mandanda with a header (1-0, 34 ‘).

Just before the break, OM narrowly missed the equalizer but Milik’s strike was well repelled by Benitez (43rd). Back from the locker room, the Gym missed the break on a lightning counterattack led by Maolida. The Nice striker served Gouiri who put back for Lotomba. The Nice side shifted Maolida whose strike flew into the stands (49th). Attractive, Ursea’s men were once again dangerous before the hour mark.

On the left, Gouiri distilled a good cross from the outside of the foot for Dolberg, whose clever deflection went just off (58th). The Aiglons made the break in the last quarter of an hour. Balerdi pressed by Dolberg lost the ball near its surface. Gouiri took advantage of this and adjusted Mandanda closely (2-0, 74th). In the last moments of the match OM thought to reduce the score by Benedetto but the Argentine striker came back from an offside position (86th). In added time, OGC Nice struck the final blow. Dolberg saw his shot hit the post, Claude-Maurice did it twice to push the ball into the net (3-0, 90 + 1). Thanks to its eleventh success of the season, OGC Nice provisionally entered the top 10 of the championship. OM remained stuck in fifth place.

Man of the match: Gouiri (8): the Nice striker remains a constant danger for the opposing defenses. The former Lyonnais gets the first opportunity of the match with a nice tight shot well captured by Mandanda (9th). The number eleven from Nice in all the offensive blows of his team, took advantage of a nice opening from Thuram to again solicit the Olympian goalkeeper (17th). The person did not balk at defensive tasks, especially to compensate for the climbs of Kamara. Very dangerous by the quality of his calls, his cross for the head of Thuram is decisive (1-0, 34th). Could have been a decisive passer on the deflection of Dolberg (58th). He took advantage of Dolberg’s good pressing to recover the ball and closely adjust Mandanda (2-0, 74 ‘). Another big match made by the Nice striker.

Benitez (5.5): the Argentinian goalkeeper did not have much to eat in the first act. Apart from a strike from Thauvin that he negotiated well (28th) and an attempt by Milik well repulsed (43rd). Warned in the 89th for trying to buy time.

Lotomba (6.5): the Nice right side stood out for his seriousness on the defensive level. The person did not lose many duels in the first act and reassured his defense. Even if he did not participate much in the offensive game, his defensive rigor remains to be emphasized tonight.

Todibo (7.5): the central defender on loan from FC Barcelona made a big first half hour. Impeccable defensively in reading the game in particular, he strove to revive properly. His little number on his climb could have resulted in a penalty (31st). Very serious in his positioning, the former Toulousain shone defensively tonight. A clearly accomplished service.

Daniliuc (6): the former Bayern Munich player stood out for his seriousness and his sense of placement in the first act. Evidenced by his beautiful intervention to cut the Marseille offensive (23rd). The young defender strives to relaunch properly and is generous in the effort. He compensated well for the left lane when the need arose.

Kamara (5.5): the left side of the Aiglons is generous in the effort and does not hesitate to take the initiative on the offensive plan. Problem, his will to bring danger makes him less effective defensively and