Nice staged a great reaction in the second half and overcame a two-goal deficit against Saint-Étienne to achieve a victory (4-2) that brings Christophe Galtier’s team closer to the Champions League positions.
Nice soon assimilated the disappointment suffered last weekend in the French Cup final that Nantes snatched from them (1-0). On their return to Ligue 1, Galtier’s team achieved a victory necessary to continue aspiring, two days from the end, to enter the Champions League.
Even so, they let the entire first half go by and Saint-Étienne took advantage of it to put a good lead on track for a win that ultimately eluded them. The greens, penultimate in the table, in the promotion zone, need points to get out of the danger zone and achieve a permanence that they pursue throughout the course.
0-2 in the first half
Before the quarter of an hour Ryan Bouanga put the visitors ahead after a pass from Yvann Macon and in added time of the first half he extended his lead with a goal from Zaydou Youssouf.
But Nice’s reaction was forceful. Led by the Algerian Andy Delort turned the situation around. He first pulled one back in a Melvin Bard solo action in the 52nd minute.
Then Delort entered into action. A free kick that he executed to perfection equalized in the 60th minute and three minutes later he managed to put his team ahead when he finished off a great pass from Justin Kluivert.
Ten minutes from time, a ball provided by the Algerian to his compatriot Hicham Boudaoui ensured the local victory.
The victory puts Nice two points behind Rennes, third in the table and closing the Champions League places. Saint-Etienne remains third from last, in promotion, three away from the permanence marked by Lorient.