Follow the Ball – Game 18: Lyon vs Nice

With only a few weeks left in the season, Lyon taking on the fourth placed team in Ligue 1 is not a nice scenario (see what I did there?). Though both teams are heading into this match in decent form (Nice have won four and lost of their last six, Lyon have won and drawn one), I just don’t think I can trust Nice to see out the season and take me into Europe at the beginning of next term.

Lyon are my best bet and I’m plugging for them to see the job through.

Game 17: Montpellier vs Lyon
Ligue 1, Friday 8th April 2016, Stade de la Mosson

Game 18: Lyon vs Nice
Ligue 1, Friday 15th April 2016, Parc Olympique Lyonnais

It could have been worse, given that Lyon spent most of the game playing with 10 men. That said they will still be disappointed to end the weekend back down in third position after scoring a late equaliser to rescue a point against Nice.

As pleasing as Nice’s goal was – a diagonal cross picked out a perfectly timed run by Valere Germain – it’s beauty was cancelled out by a scrappy response from the hosts. Alexandre Lacazette reacted quickly when the ball rebounded off the bar from Mathieu Valbuena’s free-kick and poked home from about eight yards.

It was a deserved point – Nice didn’t do quite enough to warrant all three points; but in all it was a good game. The away team had enough chances to add a second, even if it was the 10 men of Lyon that had the majority of shots on goal.

Maxwel Corent’s red card looked a little harsh in my opinion. He challenged the goalkeeper late, but I’m not convinced Nice would have felt that aggreived had he only seen yellow. To his credit, he didn’t question the decision, which shows an impressive attitude.

There was a delay due to too much paper being on the pitch. Probably best to read about that on a more successful website than this one.

Four games to go.

The Result: Lyon 1-1 Nice

What’s next? Toulouse vs Lyon in Ligue 1

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