Opposed this Thursday to Sheriff Tiraspol, as part of the round of 16 first leg of the Europa League Conference, OGC Nice won away (0-1).
There is only him. In the aftermath of the pitiful elimination of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, OGC Nice is the last representative of French football on the European scene. Aware or not of the weight to be carried, the Riviera club perfectly managed to pull out of the game by going to win Thursday evening on the lawn of the Zimbru stadium in Moldova, against Sheriff Tiraspol (0-1), as part of the eighth final of the Europa League Conference. What to give a little air for the return match scheduled for March 16.
The encounter was fairly balanced in terms of ball possession, while Tiraspol shot twice more, albeit without accuracy. But the Eaglets were solid and despite a single shot on target in the first act, it was they who opened the scoring a few moments before the break, on an achievement by Ayoub Amraoui, his first in the European Cup (0-1 , 45th+3). A goal maybe a bit lucky as what looked like a cross eventually lobbed the opposing goalkeeper. Enough to join the break with a small lead.
Dante misses the break
Back on the lawn, the Sheriff tried to equalize, but nothing worked, even on this goal scored at the end of the game by Armel Zohouri… refused for an offside (86th). On the Nice side, Dante had meanwhile passed very close to the goal of the break, but his header taken from a corner at the near post touched the amount, deceived the goalkeeper, but did not cross the line (81st). The victory is nevertheless at the rendezvous for the men of Didier Digard who will be very satisfied with it. It is up to them to confirm and validate their ticket for the quarter-finals next Thursday at the Allianz Riviera.