After the elimination of AS Monaco from the race for the Champions League, OGC Nice got off to a bad start in their Europa League Conference play-off against Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1-0 defeat in Israel, Thursday).
While AS Monaco did not join PSG and OM in the Champions League (and will settle for the Europa League), theOGC Nice is not sure to play in the Europa League Conference. The 5th in Ligue 1 enters the play-offs of the 3rd European Cup and the Aiglons lost Thursday evening in Israel, against Maccabi Tel-Aviv Football Club (1-0), in the first leg. We will have to reverse the situation next Thursday at the Allianz Riviera to play Europe.
Lucien Favre will regret the chances of his players in the first period. On a corner ofAaron Ramsey (preferred to Amine Gouiri), Kephren Thuram fell on the opposing goalkeeper (21st), then, on the same action, Andy Delort found the post and the Romanian hope Rares Ilie did not conclude in a good position (22nd). Riviera domination was not rewarded.
🔥 It doesn’t want to pass for Nice…
Andy Delort sees his cross shot hit the post. Just before Thuram placed a powerful header but the keeper was present. Still 0-0. pic.twitter.com/d9YjRFUtn2
— RMC Sport (@RMCsport) August 18, 2022
One action, one goal on the Israeli side
The Niçois were finally surprised in the middle of the second period, on a long deflected full ball which allowed Stipe Perica to lob Kasper Schmeichel, in a Bloomfield Stadium in heaven (74th). The entry of Gouiri did not change much and the centers of the side Youcef Atal and Melvin Bard were repelled by the opposing defense. We will have to do better for the Gym.
As a reminder, France must record enough good results via its clubs engaged in the European Cup this season to stay ahead of the Netherlands in the UEFA nations ranking. Being overtaken by the Eredivisie contingent would be a huge disaster for Ligue 1, which would not have 4 qualified clubs (3 directly) for the new Champions League in 2024.