Nice pushes Saint-Étienne, red lantern of Ligue 1

The match: 0-3

The score does not tell the difference between the two teams, Nice having taken advantage of rather favorable circumstances on the first two goals scored. Amine Gouiri’s free kick was deflected by Mahdi Camara, taking the young Stefan Bajic (15th, 0-1) on the wrong foot, when, later, while the Greens were more biting with the entries of Arnaud Nordin and Ryad Boudebouz, Calvin Stengs deceived Stefan Bajic, author of a failed kick to Khéphren Thuram (54th, 0-2).

Christophe Galtier’s men had started the match better but the Saint-Etienne goalkeeper blocked them, in quick succession against Hassane Kamara then Gouiri (7th) then again against the Côte d’Azur striker (34th). The result was less serene and Walter Benitez had to work, sometimes, while his team had lost control of the game at the start of the second half. The third Nice goal, signed Andy Delort, extinguished the last fires of the Greens (83rd).

The player: Stefan Bajic

Unfortunately for him, the young Saint Etienne goalkeeper (19) is the man for this match. Not varnished on the opening of the scoring, clumsy on his recovery at the foot which reaches Thuram and leads to the second Nice goal. He had however been good, so far, for his fourth match in Ligue 1. With the return of Etienne Green for the derby against OL, Bajic should regain his status as second goalkeeper after this frustrating match.

The number: 3

This is the number of points for the Stéphane team after 8 Ligue 1 matches this season, its lowest total since the 1952/53 season (2) that the Greens had finished in 11th place (out of 18). Claude Puel’s players occupy the last place in Ligue 1 and are two points behind the barrage, Brest, who plays Sunday against Metz.