10 against 11, OGC Nice snatch their qualification against Maccabi Tel Aviv

Defeated by Maccabi Tel Aviv last week (0-1), OGC Nice played its future on the European scene this Thursday evening. At the Allianz Riviera, Lucien Favre’s men thus presented themselves in a 4-2-3-1 with Delort, supported by Ramsey, Claude-Maurice and Ilie, at the forefront of the attack. Opposite, Vladimir Ivic opted for a 5-3-2 where Jovanovic and Perica formed the attacking duo. Less dangerous than in the first leg, the Aiglons found themselves carrying the fault shortly before the half-hour mark. Found by Thuram, author of a delicious cross, Claude-Maurice deceived Peretz after a missed header (1-0, 25th ). Very close to 2-0 a few moments later when Delort took advantage of an uncertain withdrawal, OGC Nice logically took the lead at the break.

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Returning to the pitch after seeing his left shoe shredded in the opening act, match referee Sascha Stegemann kicked off the second half. Dominating, the Gym however stumbled on an inspired Peretz, like this reflex against Lemina (63rd) or this splendid parade against Thuram (83rd). Back to back, the two teams would therefore decide in overtime. And if these two additional periods started very badly with the expulsion of Gouiri (100th), leaving his people at 10, the superb missile of Beka Beka gave the advantage to his people (2-0, 113th) and even offered them the qualification in C4 (2-1 on aggregate scores). This will then be the second group stage in the European Cup for OGC Nice, INEOS version.

The official line-ups at kick-off

The XI of OGC Nice

Maccabi Tel Aviv XI

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