Football: the series of Soccer-Nice victories ended by Monaco
NICE, France (Reuters) – Nice’s three-game winning streak ended on Sunday when the French Riviera side were held to a 2-2 draw at home by neighbors AS Monaco in Ligue 1.
Christophe Galtier’s team, who had scored 10 goals and conceded none in their three previous games, scored two goals in the second half thanks to Andy Delort and Hicham Boudaoui to take the lead after the opening match. ‘Aleksandr Golovin for Monaco before Wissam Ben Yedder scored a point for the visitors. .
Amine Gouiri missed a late-game penalty for Nice, who scored a point after crowd problems in their home game against Olympique de Marseille last month.
They are fourth in the standings with 10 points in five games. Monaco are 13th with five points from six matches.
Nice, who were playing the second of three games behind closed doors, lost striker Kasper Dolberg after 15 minutes with a knee injury, but substitute Delort impressed.
Monaco, who had scored just three goals in five games, took the lead when Golovin found the back of the net at close range after being set up by Gelson Martin six minutes before the break.
The hosts, however, were more compact in the second half and were rewarded in the 51st minute when Delort managed Gouiri’s cross after the midfielder passed the Monaco defense.
Nice took the lead in the 74th minute after good work from Gouiri allowed Boudaoui to hit home on a pass from Delort.
But the visitors equalized three minutes later when Ben Yedder converted a penalty after Caio Henrique fell.
Gouiri missed the frame with a shot on goal in the 82nd minute after a hand ball from Benoit Badiashile.
Later on Sunday, leaders Paris St Germain will look to maintain their perfect start when they face Olympique Lyonnais and Lionel Messi could play his first game at Parc des Princes for the capital club.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)