There was a bit of the 2020-2021 season at the Allianz Riviera this Saturday, August 28 for the match of the 4e Ligue 1 day between OGC Nice and the Girondins de Bordeaux. Six days after the events that led to the early end of the match between Nice and Marseille, the Riviera club had to comply with the decision of the disciplinary committee of the Professional Football League and play its match against the Bordelais behind closed doors. .
This return to the stadium without an audience did not prevent Christophe Galtier’s ambitious team from winning easily after a controlled match (4-0). After three meetings – the fate of the match against OM is still pending and does not count in the standings – Nice is provisionally runner-up to Paris-Saint-Germain in the standings and has just achieved a second victory in a row after its success crushing in Lille (4-0).
Champion of France with LOSC in May, Galtier has great ambitions with his new club. And at the start of the season, the former Saint-Etienne coach has partly succeeded in his bet to convey to his young group the desire to win each match. It was quickly seen this Saturday on the lawn of the Allianz Riviera.
The Gouiri show
The Niçois opened the scoring thanks to Justin Kluivert’s first Ligue 1 goal, well served by Hicham Boudaoui (7e). Five minutes earlier, Patrick Kluivert’s son offered his team the first opportunity but Benoît Costil was vigilant (2e). His counterpart from Nice, Walter Benitez, was also called upon by Rémi Oudin (23e) and Ui-jo Hwang (26e). But after three days, Nice still hasn’t conceded a single goal.
1 – Justin Kluivert scored his 1st goal in Ligue 1, 13 years, 6 months and 12 days after the last in the elite of so… https://t.co/fssL14dyAl
At the end of a controlled second period, the Aiglons added a last goal thanks to the incoming Khéphren Thuram (85e). Before this fourth goal, the performance of the Azureans had been embellished by the class of Amine Gouiri. The 21-year-old striker found himself at the initiative and at the conclusion of a counter-attack on the second Nice goal (33e), before causing and transforming himself a penalty for the 3-0 (42e).
With seven points taken out of nine possible at the start of the season, the Aiglons can start the international break with serenity. Before the final decision of the disciplinary committee of the LFP, on September 8, on the fate of the Nice-OM match.