Info

Nice

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1 - 2

PSG

W W D W W
Competition
Ligue 1
Date
18 March 2018
Game week
30
Kick-off
13:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Allianz Riviera (Nice)
Attendance
33478

Goals

A. Saint-Maximin (G) 17' (assist by: A. Pléa)
1 - 0
1 - 1
21' Á. Di María (G) (assist by: Yuri)
1 - 2
82' Dani Alves (G) (assist by: A. Rabiot)

Commentary

Minute   Description
A massive blow to Nice and their European aspirations, particularly after what was an impressive performance. They could find themselves four points adrift of fifth-place this afternoon if Nantes win against FC Metz, which would increase the challenge ahead of the Ligue 1 finale.
Unai Emery's side continue their run towards a fifth Ligue 1 title in six seasons and can now prepare for their battle for silverware after the international break, where they clash with Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue final. They'll need to improve from their performance today though, as they lacked the cutting edge at times.
FULL TIME! Paris Saint-Germain come behind to win for the ninth Ligue 1 game in a row but it wasn't a routine victory. Nice took the lead through Allan Saint-Maximin but Angel Di Maria quickly responded for the visitors. They had to work hard for the win but found the winning goal late on through Dani Alves, who headed home his first league goal for the French side.
90'+3 A very late change for Nice, who replace Lees Melou with Sacko.
90'+1 Just two minutes added on at the French Riviera.
90' Paris Saint-Germain set to take another big stride towards the Ligue 1 title. This win puts them 17 points clear of Monaco, who beat Lille on Friday.
88' CHANCE! Mbappe beats his man with a superb piece of skill, then cutting the ball back to Di Maria. The Argentine was in a good position but saw his effort blocked.
87' Alves' goal has really knocked the stuffing out of Nice, who had started to sit back, but they're not venturing forward once again. However, their final ball is still lacking and it's been a disappointing second half for Plea.
85' This could be a big blow to Nice. They entered the game three points behind fifth-placed Rennes but could find themselves four points adrift this afternoon if Nantes beat rock-bottom FC Metz.
83' Nice respond by making their first change of the game, as the excellent Saint-Maximin is replaced by Srarfi for the closing minutes.
82' A brilliant cross from Rabiot, which puts PSG on course for a remarkable ninth Ligue 1 victory in a row.
GOAL! PSG take the lead very late on! Rabiot plays a superb cross into the middle where Alves is lurking, heading home his first Ligue 1 goal. The march towards the title continues!
80' Nice still with all three of their changes remaining as we enter the final ten minutes at the Allianz Riviera. As it stands, they're going to take a point off the champions-elect.
78' CHANCE! Woeful miss! Alves clips a ball across to Di Maria, who in turn tucks the ball across the box to Mbappe. The 19-year-old had the goal at his mercy but heads over the bar.
77' SAVE! Nice can't get the ball away and it leads to a chance for Di Maria to double his tally but his curled effort from the edge of the area is straight at compatriot Benitez. An easy save.
76' Final change for PSG is the introduction of Meunier, taking the place of Cavani, which means that Alves will move further forward and Mbappe will lead the line.
Double change for PSG, the first of which sees Lo Celso replace Draxler.
75' OFF THE BAR! Cyprien's delivery from a corner finds the head of Balotelli, who is denied by the woodwork for the second time today.
74' Verratti picks up the game's first booking after a handball as Nice hit on the counter. Referee Francois Letexier played advantage but has come back to take the name of the Italian international.
73' Changes likely to be afoot for both sides and it's likely we'll see attacking additions, as the two teams search for a potential winner.
71' CHANCE! It was always going to be Balotelli who stepped up but he's gone for power and puts it way over the bar. Italy could have done with that against Scotland in the Six Nations yesterday.
69' Free-kick in a very dangerous position for Nice after Cyprien's shot strikes the arm of Kurzawa. It's a bit harsh, as it struck the defender's leg first, but the hosts have a golden opportunity to retake the lead.
67' Heading towards the final 20 minutes and the game is still delicately poised. PSG want another win to strengthen their grip on the title, whilst a point for Nice would only see them leapfrog Montpellier in the standings.
65' Balotelli's hold-up play has been superb, feeding through Saint-Maximin on a number of occasions, but the Italian forward needs to be a presence further forward.
63' SAVE! Nice's turn to threaten! Another fierce surge forward from Saint-Maximin causes issues and he plays the ball across to Balotelli on the edge of the area, who strikes torwards goal with his right boot but Areola is equal to the attempt with a fine save.
61' SAVE! Alves misses one acrobatic attempt but quickly tries another, forcing Benitez to tip over the bar following an overhead kick.
59' Nice need points in their charge for European football and they'll be furious if they don't get something from this game. PSG have only dropped ten points so far all season but they're struggling here on the coast.
57' OFFSIDE! PSG break on the counter and have the ball in the back of the net. Di Maria's delightful and skilful clip over the top of the defence finds Mbappe, who fires home, but the offside flag is raised on the near side.
56' Nice's turn for a corner, as Souquet plays the ball off Kurzawa, which gives Cyprien a chance to deliver. It's headed away but only as far as Saint-Maximin, though he's unable to get a shot away.
54' Mbappe gets away with a handball inside his defensive half, which Nice and their supporters are not too happy about. In attack, Draxler wins a corner after seeing the ball taken off him in the middle of the area. From the resulting set-piece, Di Maria strikes wide.
52' A very open game and PSG are banging on the door in attack but it's not quite breaking for them. Mbappe was the latest player to see the ball just escape him inside the area but there's encouraging signs for the visitors.
50' SAVE! Balotelli with a superb touch to spark another attack, which sees Saint-Maximin again unleashed. This time he's met by Areola, who charges off his line and saves well one-on-one to prevent the winger doubling his tally.
49' PSG threatening early on, with only divine intervertion from Sarr preventing Cavani from finding room in the area, and Nice now have a free-kick around the halfway line after Kimpembe is penalised following the latest round of his battle with Balotelli.
47' Kurzawa has plenty to prove after a disappointing season, which has seen him regularly left out by Emery, and he was omitted from the France squad named this week. If he wants to make the World Cup, he needs strong performances.
46' Change at the break for PSG as Yuri, who picked up a knock in the first half, is replaced by Kurzawa on the left side of defence.
45' KICK OFF! Back underway on the French south coast, where PSG get us started and now attack to the right. We've also been joined by the rain.
Unai Emery's leader leaders haven't fully hit their stride today, though Di Maria is proving to be a danger down the left. His goal was the only clear-cut opening that PSG have created, which shows their problems, whilst at the back Yuri has been exposed by the pace of Saint-Maximin.
Nice have been excellent since the off, with Saint-Maximin causing PSG all sorts of problems down the right. The final ball has been lacking at times though for Lucian Favre's side but a memorable win over the champions-elect is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility this afternoon.
HALF TIME! A superb first half at the Allianz Riviera, where Nice have shown they're certainly up for the task. Allan Saint-Maximin opened the scoring for the hosts after a superb break but the lead didn't last long, as Angel Di Maria hit back just a few minutes later. Both teams had hit the woodwork prior to those goals, with Mario Balotelli and Edinson Cavani striking the frame.
45'+1 TWO minutes added on at the end of the half.
45' Problem for PSG as Thiago Silva is down after being caught late by Balotelli, which sees the title-chasers kick the ball out of play. The visitors aren't happy with the Italian striker, who's been involved in a number of clashes today.
43' A thrilling first half is approaching it's conclusion but I wouldn't rule out another goal before the interval. Both teams continue to push forward but Nice continue to concede possession in the final third, whilst PSG haven't been able to carve out too many opportunities at the other end.
41' As Nice venture forward, they're leaving themselves exposed on the counter and it's an issue when they sloppily concede possession. Fortunately Cavani hasn't been able to capitalise here, slicing a shot wide as he slipped before his connection.
39' A decent period in the game for Nice, who are frustrating PSG defensively. They still look devastating down the left side but the final ball once they're into the final third has been lacking.
37' Saint-Maximin again unleashed down the left but his pass is poor, leading Nice to have to fend off the counter, but the hosts hit back immediately. Balotelli cuts inside and curls for goal but it whistless over the bar.
35' Round 2 of Kimpembe v Balotelli, as the Italian striker clips the boots of the PSG defender in the middle. This is a battle to keep tabs on as the game progresses!
34' First time we've seen Mbappy in space but he can't find Cavani with an attempted pass across goal. Dante concedes a corner and it's whipped to an unmarked Rabiot at the far post who, under no pressure, heads wide of the target.
32' Free-kick for PSG in a central position but it's quite a way from goal. Alves fancies his chances though and strikes for goal, though he can only hit the wall.
30' Perhaps that's a tad harsh. Balotelli has impressed in Nice, scoring 14 goals so far this season, but he does look likely to leave the French Riviera at the end of the season.
29' Balotelli looks up for it. He's been speaking out in the press this week, criticising PSG and their recruitment, but the danger is his reputation. Him being up for it either means a goal or a dismissal, there seems to be no middle ground for the former Manchester City man.
27' Nice very happy to soak up the pressure and hit on the counter but it's a dangerous game as PSG continue to look threatening. They've responded superbly since falling behind and further goals seem inevitable.
25' PSG yet to get going down the right hand side, with Mbappe and Alves passengers, but they look very strong down the left. However, the same is the case for Nice with Saint-Maximin.
23' A fiery game here at the Allianz Riviera. Balotelli, as ever, finds himself in the spotlight after a coming together off the ball with Kimpembe. The Italian striker was penalised but he's not happy with the decision at all.
21' Yuri was caught out for Nice's opening goal but made up for his error there, with superb defensive display and the intent to quickly release Di Maria ahead of him.
GOAL! The lead didn't last long at all! Di Maria nets the equaliser. Yuri won the ball back in midfield and played it off to PSG's Argentine ace, who charged towards goal, played the ball through the legs of Dante and then slotting past Benitez.
20' SAVE! Di Maria tests his compatriot Benitez with a stellar flick towards goal with his heel that the keeper is equal to. PSG looking to hit back immediately after falling behind.
17' A brilliant team goal from Nice. Le Marchand kept the ball in play after winning possession, firing it towards Balotelli and then knocked down to Plea. The forward scored four last weekend but turned provider here, unleashing the pacy Saint-Maximin.
GOAL! Nice take the lead! Superb defensive work from Nice and they swiftly hit on the counter. Balotelli brings the ball down brilliantly for Plea, who threads a wonderful pass through to Saint-Maximin. The number seven bears down on goal and slots cooly past Areola for only his second Ligue 1 goal of the season.
16' The break in play for Yuri's knock has taken the wind out of Nice's sails, as they were impressing. The hosts now find themselves with their backs against the wall as PSG find their rhythm.
14' OFF THE BAR! PSG turn on the style! Nice carelessly concede possession to Verratti, who in turn plays it to Cavani. The Uruguayan sees his initial shot saved by Benitez and then strikes the woodwork with a follow up.
13' Good opportunity to keep an eye on Jean Michel Seri today in the middle of the park for Nice, who continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League.
12' PSG appeal for a penalty as Sarr clatters into Cavani inside the area but the referee isn't interested. There was certainly contact on the Uruguayan striker and the defender can consider himself to be fortunate to escape being penalised.
11' Yuri is back on the field and the full-back looks able to continue but PSG will keep their eyes on how he fairs, with Kurzawa being put through the paces on the sidelines.
9' Break in the play as Yuri is down in pain after landing awkwardly. He turned his right foot and requires treatment, which could force PSG into an early change.
7' OFF THE POST! The superb Nice start continues! Balotelli rises highest in the area to head a solid effort onto the post, which had Areola beaten, though the Italian striker is penalised for a foul in the process.
Lees-Melou stings the gloves of Areola but it's an easy save for the Frenchman, called up to Didier Deschamps' international side this week. It's a decent performance from Nice, who won this tie 3-1 last season.
5' CHANCE! Balotelli unleashes Saint-Maximin with a superb lofted ball down the right, who then drives a low cross into the middle but Kimpembe in the middle gets a crucial touch on the ball to ensure that those arriving into the box can't tuck it home.
3' PSG enjoying a run of eight consecutive Ligue 1 victories and they've started strong here, dominating the early exchanges, but Nice look to be in a confident move as well.
1' KICK-OFF! We're underway at the Allianz Riviera, where Nice get us started and attack to the right.
Unai Emery also makes three changes to his side for this game, one of which is enforced following Thiago Motta's red card in the victory over Angers last week. Kurzawa and Trapp are the other two absences, with the pair dropping to the bench, and their spots in the side are taken by Yuri, Rabiot and Areola.
Nice boss Lucien Favre makes three changes to the side that beat Guingamp 5-2 last weekend, introducing Souquet, Sarr and Balotelli to his side. Souter, Santos and Sacko are the three that drop out, whilst Plea comes into the game on good form having hit four last week- as many as in his last 23 combined.
PSG XI: Kevin Trapp, Layvin Kurzawa, Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos, Giovani Lo Celso, Christopher Nkunku, Lassana Diarra.
Nice subs: Yoan Cardinale, Patrick Burner, Bassem Srarfi, Adrien Tameze, Marlon Santos, Jean-Victor Makengo, Ihsan Sacko.
PSG XI: Alphonse Areola; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, Yuri; Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot, Julian Draxler; Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani.
Nice XI: Walter Benitez; Arnaud Souquet, Dante, Malang Sarr, Maxime Le Marchand; Pierre Lees-Melou, Wylan Cyprien, Jean Michel Seri; Allan Saint-Maximin, Alassane Plea, Mario Balotelli.
Paris Saint-Germain, leading the way in Ligue 1 with a 14 point advantage over second-placed Monaco. Unai Emery's side have won their last three Ligue 1 matches on the road, which is the first time for the club this season. Having lost this fixture last year, PSG know they'll have to be at their best today to secure all three points.
Nice have turned a corner in the past few weeks as they have remained unbeaten for the past four matches, bouncing back from a run of three consecutive defeats. Their home form is equally impressive, as Nice have lost only one of their last seven- winning five.
Good morning and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Ligue 1 match between Nice and Paris Saint-Germain, where the hosts are looking to hand their European hopes a significant boost by defeating the runaway league leaders.

Lineups

R
A
A
2
A. Souquet
2
Thiago Silva
3
P. Kimpembe
6
J. Seri
6
M. Verratti
7
A. Saint-Maximin
8
P. Lees Melou
9
M. Balotelli
9
E. Cavani
11
Á. Di María
14
A. Pléa
16
A. Areola
17
Yuri
20
M. Le Marchand
23
M. Sarr
23
J. Draxler
25
A. Rabiot
25
W. Cyprien
29
K. Mbappé
31
Dante
32
Dani Alves
40
W. Benítez
20
12
18
11
18
C
C
C

Additional info

Referee
F. Letexier
Assistants
C. Mugnier
Fourth official
A. Castro

Match Stats

Nice PSG
38 Attacks (Dangerous) 51
5 Corners 4
7 Fouls 12
14 Free Kicks 9
11 Goal Kicks 8
2 Offsides 2
3 Shots (blocked) 1
6 Shots (off target) 9
4 Shots (on target) 9
2 Shots (woodwork) 1
12 Throw Ins 16

Regular Season

# Team MP D P
133+8087
234+3570
334+3969
434+3169
534+248
633-147
733+346
834-446
933-746
1034-845
1133-443
1234-1842
1334-640
1434-837
1533-1936
1634-2234
1733-1333
1833-2229
1934-2529
2034-3326

Allianz Riviera

Name:
Allianz Riviera 
City:
Nice 
Capacity:
35624