A cross from a mid-range free kick, taken by Nice, is intercepted by one of the defenders.
3 additional min. will be played.
Valentin Vada (St Etienne) decides to speed play up with a short corner kick.
The ball is cleared after Lamine Ghezali (St Etienne) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball is out of play and the linesman points at the corner flag. Corner to St Etienne.
A precise low pass is received by Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice), who makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box, but his poorly placed shot sails well over the bar.
Mickael Le Bihan (Nice) can't expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Antony Gautier didn't think twice about pulling it out of his pocket.
Here is a change. Romain Hamouma is going off and Jean-Louis Gasset gives the last tactical orders to Lamine Ghezali (St Etienne).
Goal! Arnaud Nordin puts Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) in the clear with just the keeper to beat. He takes his shot early from the edge of the box and scores beautifully into the bottom left corner. 3:0.
Nice didn't take advantage of the corner and score as the opposition's defence was alert and averted the threat.
We are about to witness a subsitution. Mickael Le Bihan (Nice) for Andy Pelmard.
Danilo (Nice) stands over the resultant free kick from mid-range, but his shot goes just over the crossbar. It could have been a fantastic goal!
A mid-range free kick is awarded to Nice out wide and from this angle a cross into the box is likely.
The resulting set piece from Nice is comfortably intercepted by one of the defending players.
Jean-Victor Makengo (Nice) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adrien Tameze.
Antony Gautier shows a yellow card to Pierre Lees Melou (Nice) for a tough tackle.
Olivier Boscagli (Nice) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition's defence.
A pass lands at the feet of Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) in the middle of the box, he looks up and shoots but the effort is superbly blocked by a defender.
Jean-Louis Gasset has decided to substitute Yannis Salibur and he is replaced by Valentin Vada (St Etienne).
Substitution. Bassem Srarfi (Nice) has come on for Igniatius Ganago.
Goal! Romain Hamouma plays a pass to the feet of Robert Beric (St Etienne), and he shoots into the bottom right corner from inside the box. It's 2:0.
Today's referee Antony Gautier rightly decides to book Racine Coly (Nice) for his harsh tackle.
Adrien Tameze (Nice) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge and leaves Antony Gautier with no other option than to blow for a foul.
Nice slow the tempo of the game down by exchanging a combination of one or two touch passes. The opposition's players are finding it very difficult at the moment, very physically demanding to run without the ball.
The corner kick from Olivier Boscagli (Nice) is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.
None of the Nice players could reach the corner kick as the ball was overhit and goes out of play.
Igniatius Ganago (Nice) picks up a pass and tries his luck from mid-range towards the bottom right corner, but Stephane Ruffier is equal to it and makes an easy save. Nice will take a corner kick.
The referee blows his whistle as Danilo (Nice) was too aggressive in his challenge.
Yannis Salibur (St Etienne) fouls an opponent. At least that's what referee Antony Gautier signals. Nice are awarded a free kick. Let's see what they create from this.
The second half gets underway.
The end of the first half.
Antony Gautier blows the whistle, Racine Coly (Nice) is penalised for a foul. A free kick has been awarded to St Etienne.
Loic Perrin (St Etienne) appears to handle the ball in the box, but the referee wasn't in the best position. Let's see what he decides.
There will be a minimum of 4 min. of added time.
Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Olivier Boscagli (Nice). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
Yannis Salibur (St Etienne) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps highest to head the ball away.
Close! Robert Beric (St Etienne) picks up the ball in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot narrowly over the bar.
Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) picks up an accurate pass inside the box and unleashes a shot goalwards that smashes against the left post. It could have been a brilliant goal, unlucky.
Nice take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal end with a nice clearance by the defence.
Youcef Atal (Nice) runs onto a loose pass inside the box and releases a tremendous shot towards the bottom right corner. However, Stephane Ruffier anticipates the shot and makes a brilliant save. The ball goes out of play and Nice have been awarded a corner kick.
The players claim that Igniatius Ganago (Nice) handled the ball and it seems they are right. That's a free kick to St Etienne.
Yannis Salibur (St Etienne) latches on to a pin-point through ball, but one of the defending players dispossess him. Brilliant defending.
Wonderful movement by St Etienne. The players are holding possession, mostly exchanging one-touch passes. They control the pace of the game now.
Antony Gautier sticks with his original decision after the VAR review. No infringement and the goal stands!
Wait a minute! The referee has decided to review the goal using the VAR system.
A cross from the free kick is whipped deep into the box by Yannis Salibur and Robert Beric (St Etienne) gets in a shot, sending the ball inside the left post. 1:0.
St Etienne are awarded a free kick from mid-range. The position is unsuitable for a direct shot, so expect a cross into the box.
Nice are showing great team chemistry. They are passing it around beautifully. Excellent team work.
Igniatius Ganago (Nice) jumps for a header from the resulting corner kick and sends the ball in on goal, but the goalkeeper makes a very good save.
The referee blows his whistle, Nice are awarded a corner kick.
The manager has decided to make a substitution and Pierre-Yves Polomat walks off the pitch to be replaced by Wesley Fofana (St Etienne).
The game is interrupted now, Pierre-Yves Polomat (St Etienne) picks up a knock and the physio has to come on.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away.
Pierre Lees Melou (Nice) brings an opponent down and Antony Gautier interrupts the game. St Etienne are awarded the free kick.
Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) breaks into the box and goes over after a challenge from an opposition player, but the ref signals NO penalty!
Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) gets on the end of a good pass and from mid-range he unleashes a decent strike, but the shot is blocked by the defender.
Racine Coly (Nice) outjumps his marker inside the box and heads the resulting corner way wide of the right post.
Olivier Boscagli (Nice) goes over to take a corner kick after one of the defenders makes a good clearance.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) is thwarted and cleared to safety. Corner kick. Nice will have an opportunity.
Antony Gautier blows his whistle. Adrien Tameze (Nice) commits a foul after dangerous play. It's a free kick to St Etienne, but it's in no position for a direct shot on goal.
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