Without a solution throughout the meeting, Nice was surprised at the Allianz Riviera and conceded its fourth defeat of the season (1-0). Surprisingly, FC Metz won for the second time this season and relaunched the race for maintenance.
After the draw between Lille and Nantes earlier this Saturday (1-1), the fifteenth day of Ligue 1 continued. Nice, still the runner-up to Paris Saint-Germain, received FC Metz and wanted to widen the gap with its pursuers. With only one success in fourteen matches, the Garnets also had to make a big blow to the Allianz Riviera in order to get back to Saint-Etienne and stay in the race for maintenance. Deprived of Boulaya and Udol, Antonetti aligned his 3-4-2-1 with De Preville, Nguette and Niane in front. For his part, Galtier renewed his 4-4-2 with the presence of Kluivert and Stengs on the wings and a Gouiri-Delort duo at the forefront. Dolberg and Claude-Maurice started on the bench.
While we could expect a clear domination of the Aiglons, the Metz block was well under the opposing pressure but remained perfectly aligned at the start of the meeting. Unable to create opportunities for themselves against imperturbable Messins, the Niçois discovered themselves and offered situations. After a good individual action from Centonze, De Préville was found and handed directly to his partner to open the scoring after a perfectly conducted counter-attack (1-0, 31st). Despite a scare on Oukidja’s cage in stoppage time (45th + 1), Metz returned to the locker room without being worried since the Aiglons were unable to create a real goal action.
FC Metz held on perfectly
After the break, the GYM was more offensive but still lacked precision in the last move. Aware of the lack of technical accuracy of the Azureans, FC Metz did not hesitate to take risks to seek the break, away. At the end of the game, Schneiderlin offered himself the first dangerous action of the game for Nice, but missed the frame (77th). Thuram was also trying his luck from a distance, but Nice woke up too late.
Without any solution this Saturday evening, OGC Nice logically conceded defeat after a more than disappointing match. While waiting for Sunday’s meetings, Nice remains second in Ligue 1 before moving to the Parc des Princes, against Paris Saint-Germain. With this success, Metz put an end to a series of six unsuccessful matches, but remained red lantern before receiving Montpellier. The race to maintain is therefore relaunched.
The classification of Ligue 1