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Nice-OL: Never two without three on the Côte d'Azur

Published on 18 December 2020 at 9:30 AM
Nice - OL : Jamais deux sans trois sur la Côte d'Azur
Olympique Lyonnais travel to Nice on Saturday on the 16th matchday in Ligue 1. This game will be the third on the Côte d'Azur in 2020 for Les Gones, who will be keen to improve their record, which is for the moment mixed, in this duel in the sun.

By chance of the calendar and fate, the start of 2020 offered supporters of Nice and our Lyonnais a double duel between their teams three days apart. There was a first match in the Coupe de France, and a second in the league, the Allianz Riviera in Nice being the scene of these encounters each time.


Last-gasp qualification

A few weeks after a spectacular qualification at La Beaujoire against Nantes (4-3), OL had to travel again for the knockout stages of the Coupe de France. In this round they faced a team from Nice who had not reached this stage of the competition since 2014. After Moussa Dembélé opened the scoring, Les Gones held on and thought they were heading calmly to the next round. This was without counting, though, on a powerful shot from Adam Ounas which levelled the two teams with two minutes remaining. But, anxious not to leave too much energy on the pitch in light of possible extra time, OL broke forward and obtained a penalty through Karl Toko Ekambi, with Houssem Aouar taking care of the conversion to send his teammates into the next round.



First loss in 2020

Then, three days after this qualification, the players of Rudi Garcia faced Les Aiglons anew. Still undefeated in 2020, Lyon wanted to build on their momentum following their Coupe de France win to continue their rise in the standings with fourth place in their sights. Unfortunately, the truth of one match is not always that of the next: OL were under pressure and the sending-off of Marçal after 20 minutes did not help. With a numerical advantage, OGC Nice opened the scoring through Dolberg. Hope was revived for Lyon when KTE equalized and Ounas was also sent off just before the break. Unfortunately, at 10 against 10, Nice came out on top, with Dolberg getting a second to give OL their first loss of 2020.

Almost a year later the dynamics have changed a lot, OL are on the podium and OGC Nice have parted ways with their coach after a disappointing start to the year and remain on four matches without a win at home. It is up to Lyon to bring this number to five in order to continue their unbeaten run.

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