The big game of Delort, transparent Gouiri or guilty Bernardoni: find the Tops and Flops of the editorial staff after the meeting between Nice and Saint-Étienne (4-2).
Delort is very strong
He had not scored in two consecutive matches since last October. Andy Delort scored against Saint-Étienne, and that’s not all. He first gave the Greens defense a cold sweat in 1D period, being disallowed a goal for offside (40and). He equalized with a powerful free kick (60and) with the complicity of Paul Bernardoni, we will come back to this. He offers himself a double on a gift from Kluivert (62and) and beat Mangala in an aerial duel to allow Boudaoui to drive the point home (80and, 4-2). The Algerian assumed his role as spearhead of the Nice attack.
Boudebouz catalyst before half-time
If Saint-Étienne believed in the Allianz Riviera, it is mainly thanks to Ryad Boudebouz. It is he who shifts Maçon on the right side before the center for the opener of Bouanga (11and). As far as distilling a good cross for Youssouf’s winning volley before the break (45and+4). Moreover, the Greens would have led much earlier in the match after his deep service, if Bouanga had not forgotten Nordin, lonely at the penalty spot (3and). The Algerian attacking midfielder played his part. But behind, it was not enough.
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Where did the Amine Gouiri go from the start of the season, in the discussion among the best players in Ligue 1? The Nice striker, more decisive in Ligue 1 since January 23, is credited with a decisive pass this evening, even if Melvin Bard owes his goal above all to himself and to a dabbler Bernardoni (52and). For the rest, Gouiri was close to nothing. Between shots blocked in the box (19and), fear of taking a chance (45and+3) or failed control that put his own in danger (50and). Released at the 74and minute, replaced by Evann Guessand.
Bernardoni weighs down the Greens
The profession of goalkeeper is thankless and Paul Bernardoni is proof of this, as he has both saved and sunk AS Saint-Étienne this season. He is surprised by a not so powerful strike and in a difficult angle from Melvin Bard (52and). A goal that totally revived the match. He is also not exempt from any reproach on Delort’s free kick, certainly powerful but more or less on him (60and). Abandoned on 2and goal by Delort (62and) and unfortunate on Boudaoui’s deflected shot (80and). No real parade to put to his credit.
The Saint-Etienne mess at the end of the match
Waste, there was some from the start with Bouanga who wasted a two against one (3and). Without consequence, since the Greens led 2-0 at halftime. We can criticize the mental weakness of the men of Pascal Dupraz, who relived the scenario of the trip to Lorient a month ago (0-2 then 6-2). We can also blame the entrants for not having, in turn, turned the tide. If Romain Hamouma appeared in legs, Adil Aouchiche lost a face-to-face with Walter Benitez (87and). Above all, Enzo Crivelli had the goal almost for himself at the penalty spot, but did not even frame his flat right foot (90and+2). This lack of realism could cost the Greens dearly, still 18th and temporarily blocking the maintenance.