Ligue 1: Nice braked by Angers in the race for Europe
Angers midfielder Angelo Fulgini during the tie with Nice (1-1), for the 33rd day of L1, at the stadium Raymond-Kopa d’Angers, April 13, 2018
Nice did not do better than a draw (1-1) in Angers on Friday, opening the 33rd day of L1, missing the opportunity to temporarily take the 5th place and put pressure on its competitors in the race to Europe.
The Aiglons still climb a rank, in 6th place with 47 points, ahead of goal difference by Rennes 5th, which receives the red lantern Metz Saturday.
But they are under the threat of Montpellier 7th with 46 units, which receives Bordeaux Sunday and Nantes, 8th with 44 units, which receives Dijon Saturday.
For SCO, this point is one step closer to maintaining. With 37 units and a 14th place provisional, 8 points from the red zone, the Black and White seem very well gone to ensure a fourth consecutive season of presence in the elite, unprecedented since 1975.
Private Mario Balotelli, ill, and Wylan Cyprien, victim of muscle pain, Lucien Favre’s men had control of the ball throughout the match, often smothering their opponents with a high pressing, but without getting to be dangerous.
It took a goal from the inevitable Alassane Plea, his eighth achievement in five games, to unblock the situation.
The center-forward was perfectly served at the entrance to the area in the axis by Jean-Michaël Séri, he resisted the return of Vincent Manceau before misleading Ludovic Butelle closely (0-1, 67).
An advantage deserved overall, the Angevin goalkeeper having already had to work on a shot from the left of Pierre Lees-Melou deflected above the bar (17) and especially on a hit from Seri in the area, he has controlled in two stages (46).
But an advantage also and especially fragile that the OGCN failed to protect.
Angers has managed to enjoy a Nice who had stopped playing a bit to come back, a little against the course of the game, it must be said.
It was Angelo Fulgini who, after recovering the ball to the left of the box, wrapped a striker’s love of right in the corner of Walter Benitez dumbfounded (1-1, 84).
After the draw conceded to Rennes Sunday, Nice stagnates a bit and must imperatively restart the walk at the reception of Montpellier next week, before moving to Lyon and Marseille in the last four days of the championship.