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OGC Nice vs FC Nantes (1-2): Player Ratings

Man of the Match: Matthis Abline (8)

On loan from Rennes, the young FC Nantes striker was a thorn in the side of the Nice defense. Involved in all the good moves, he first opened the scoring with a superb header that deceived Bulka, then he made a great run into the Nice box to win the winning penalty. Replaced by Tino Kadewere (79′).

Nice (4-3-3)

Bulka (5): Another frustrating afternoon for the Polish goalkeeper. He couldn’t do much about the two goals his team conceded, beaten by Abline’s header and on the penalty, which is his strong point, he dived the right way again but Mohamed’s shot was perfectly placed.

Perraud (2): Starting for the second time in a row after the Lens match, the loanee from Southampton was, like almost all of his teammates, out of it from the first second until he went off the pitch. He brought nothing offensively and he was also in trouble in his defensive duties. The opening goal came from his side. Replaced by Melvin Bard (60′).

Dante (5): The Brazilian captain had an average game, but he did make a beautiful defensive recovery in the first half on an action that could have allowed Nantes to break through. For the rest, it was not his best performance either, but he is not the most to blame.

Todibo (3): Where has the solid center-back who was one of the best defenders in the league just a few weeks ago gone? An own goal against MHSC in the last home game, the former Toulouse player was strangely absent in the first half, showing defensive naivety and winning very few duels. He did not reassure his partners and supporters against Nantes on this Easter Sunday.

Lotomba (2): A very disappointing game for the Swiss full-back who was not very useful to his team this afternoon. On a rare Nice counter-attack in the first half, he makes the wrong choice and is still too soft in his lane. A performance to forget, both individually and collectively for the former Young Boys player. Replaced by Aliou Baldé (83′).

Boudaoui (4): The Algerian midfielder was probably orphaned by his usual midfield partners in the person of Thuram, Sanson, Ndayishimiye and Rosario, all absent for this game. He was quite timid today and did not have a real influence on his team’s play despite his efforts.

Claude-Maurice (4): A game in which the former Lorient player alternated between the good and the bad. Certainly, he was one of the only Nice players able to make a difference with the ball at his feet, but it was far too intermittent today. In addition, we can deplore his lack of quality on corners, which were mostly sent directly to Alban Lafont.

Louchet (4.5): The young player trained at the Nice club took advantage of the many absences in midfield to make his way into the starting lineup for the second time of the season in the league. Unfortunately for him, his game, which was not so bad, did not go as planned because he had few solutions going forward. Replaced by Antoine Mendy (60′), who was guilty of the foul on Abline in his box.

Boga (4): The Ivorian striker had insisted in a press conference that he would like to be more decisive for his team. But it is not with his performance today that he will get there. Alone on the left flank, he did not make a lot of difference and even in a slightly more axial role afterwards, he was too inconsistent in this match. Replaced by Gaëtan Laborde (77′).

Cho (5.5): He was by far the best outfield player for OGC Nice today. Sharp in his ball-winning and acceleration, he was the main threat to the solid Nantes block that did well to close down the spaces in depth. It was a surprise to see him leave the field so quickly as he seemed to have his legs. Replaced by Evann Guessand (60′), who won the penalty against his former club.

Moffi (5): Non-existent throughout the game, the Nigerian striker, who was coming off a brace at Bollaert before the break, had no impact at all on the Nantes defense. However, just as he was about to be replaced, he had the opportunity to equalize and he did not tremble by converting the penalty to score his tenth goal of the season in Ligue 1. Not enough, however, to keep a positive result.

Nantes (4-4-2)

Lafont (6): Quiet for most of the match, the last Nantes defender was much more involved by Nice. He can’t do anything about Moffi’s penalty but then makes two decisive saves at the end of the match against Bard and Mendy who had tried their luck from afar. A reassuring meeting for him.

Cozza (5.5): The left-back stuck to his defensive duties but made his life a bit complicated after the break despite a fairly decent first half. Indeed, he made several anti-play fouls which eventually earned him a warning. His meeting remains relatively interesting despite everything.

Cömert (5.5): The Swiss central defender had an impeccable first half before being a bit more in difficulty after the break. He commits a few late tackles and is guilty of an error in his box as he slightly destabilizes Guessand, which offers the Eagles’ equalizer penalty.

Castelletto (6): The Cameroonian central defender was solid this afternoon on the French Riviera. It must be said that he didn’t have much to do in the first half as the Niçois were harmless. After the break, however, he was called upon but he managed to keep his cool to stay in his game despite the apparent tensions in the second act.

Amian (7): The right-back starts his match perfectly as he offers himself an assist for Abline with a perfect cross for his partner. Defensively, he was also inspired against the fervor of Boga who had a hard time setting up his game in this part. He is one of the winners of Kombouaré’s arrival for the moment.

Sissoko (7): The experienced Canaries midfielder put in a very solid performance. Not stingy with efforts, he was strong in the duels and had no difficulty with the ball at his feet to project himself forward. He had a break opportunity in the second half but came up against Bulka. His experience and his management of hot moments should be a major asset in the end of the Nantes season.

Chirivella (8): An XXL performance for the Spanish midfielder of FC Nantes. Present in all areas of the field, he raked in a colossal number of balls and was at the origin of most of the Canaries’ chances. Comforted in his role as captain following the return of Kombouaré, he perfectly returns the confidence placed in him by his coach.

Augusto (6): The Brazilian did a great deal of shadow work that was precious for his team. Like Chirivella, he had incessant activity with the ball but was also often well placed when losing the ball. He took the blows after the break but bravely, he finished the match probably unscathed. Replaced by Nathan Zézé (90′).

Mollet (5): Scorer in the first leg when Nantes had brought down Nice for the first time of the season, the former MHSC player this time did not have the same success at the Allianz Riviera. He is sometimes well positioned in the Azurean box but he did not know how to make the right choices, like his shot in the second half which went far from Bulka’s goals. Replaced by Samuel Moutoussamy (86′).

Abline (8): See above.

Mohamed (6): Quiet for a good part of the match, the Egyptian striker woke up in the second half by offering an excellent goal opportunity to Sissoko, then he transformed his only chance of the game into a goal on a perfectly placed penalty against Bulka who had dived on the right side. Replaced by Marcus Coco (86′).

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