OGC Nice 0-0 Stade de Reims
Rarely present at the Allianz Riviera, Jim Ratcliffe is lucky.
At the rendezvous this Sunday, the owner of the OGCN was indeed spoiled: he was entitled to a good old 0-0, zero in every sense of the word. Alongside his brother Bob, who manages the club, the English billionaire attended a game as padlocked as a cycling race led by his team Ineos. Except there was no one there to blow the lock. Whether in the Nice camp or opposite, among the Rémois. To put it bluntly, this Nice-Reims shone with its extreme poverty. The proof: we had to wait for the 33e minute to finally see a shot on target, signed Mathieu Cafaro. The only ray of sunshine in the afternoon, even if his attempts did not hit the mark (24e, 33e, 42e). Opposite, Alexis Claude-Maurice tried in vain to wake his family. Finally, apart from a slew of sterile corners, the biggest opportunity in the first act was an almost counter-camp from Saliba on a cross from Chavalerin (44e). Yum.
Back from the locker room, the outings of Gouiri and Dia on injury did not bode well for the future. And indeed, nothing has gotten better. In this collective apathy, the 22 actors played at a trot. Reims tried to accelerate at the start of the second period by Doumbia (52e), but the Champenois were calmed by an attempt by their former teammate Kamara countered by Foket’s back (53e). The next thrill? A barely contentious contact between Maolida and Munetsi, without penalty. The second shot on target waited for the 79e minute to see the light of day, the first in Nice thanks to Pierre Lees-Melou. But his flat foot did not worry Rajković. And when El Bilal Touré, launched in depth by Sierhuis, finally made the nets tremble, the flag was raised, depriving Reims of the heist of the century (85e). In the stands, mask under his chin, Jim Ratcliffe looked more and more closed.
This is why the boss of Ineos never comes to the Allianz Riviera.
OGC Nice (4-3-3): Benitez – Lotomba, Todibo, Saliba, Kamara – Schneiderlin, Claude-Maurice, Thuram (Lees-Melou, 73 e) – Lopes (Ndoye, 74 e), Dolberg, Gouiri (Maolida, 46e). Coach: Adrian Ursea.
Stade de Reims (4-3-3): Rajkovic – Konan, Abdelhamid, Faes, Foket – Munetsi, Chavalerin, Cafaro (Sierhuis, 81e) – Doumbia (Zeneli, 66e), Mbuku, Dia (Touré, 46e). Coach: David Guion.