The game: 1-2
For a long time, the meeting between Lorient and Nice looked like an opposition of styles, the Breton collective taking over the (rare) individual flashes from the south, like this failure by Ross Barkley in the 5.50 meters (3rd) .
Conversely, the men of Régis Le Bris played this game made of percussion and verticality which allowed them to be the surprise team at the start of the season. But Stéphane Diarra, in particular, stumbled several times on the Riviera goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (9th, 10th and 29th). The Bretons logically found the opening on a corner from Enzo Le Fée headed by Dango Ouattara, without being able to widen the gap afterwards (18th).
Dango Ouattara congratulated by his teammates after opening the scoring. (B. Le Bars/The Team)
Laborde decisive in front, Lotomba behind
Change in the face of the match after half-time with Niçois more biting, more aggressive in the pressing too, but always dependent on their individualities, starting with Youcef Atal, scorer from the left after a raid in the local defense (61st).
The number of days during which the Moustoir had not seen a defeat of his people. The last time, on May 8, 2022, the Hakes lost to Marseille (0-3).
Gaëtan Laborde, on the bench at the start of the game and entered at half-time, then offered victory to his people, with a shot deflected by the back of Montassar Talbi (69th). Jordan Lotomba, he saved his team by diverting on the line a shot from Adil Aouchiche (85th), who touched his first ball. The Bretons bow for the second time this season and go down of the Ligue 1 podiummade up of Paris, Lens and Rennes.
Player: Kasper Schmeichel
If Nice brought back the three points from Brittany, it owes it to its goalkeeper, the Dane Kasper Schmeichel, yet in balance with the Pole Marcin Bulka, injured in the shoulder last Thursday in the Europa League Conference. At the heart of the Breton storm in the first period, the former Leicester player was decisive on several occasions (9th, 10th, 13th, 22nd and 29th). Contested, the Danish international achieved his best performance since his arrival this summer.