Stade François Coty, Ajaccio.
25 August 2013.
The team went to the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte knowing that they had to up their game after the terrible midweek defeat to Apollon Limassol in the Europa League play-off in Cyprus. The opponents AC Ajaccio had been outstanding the previous week, holding defending champions PSG to a 1-1 draw largely thanks to the heroics of their goalkeeper Ochoa. With Nice supporters barred from attending the match due to “safety reasons”, les Aiglons were left to fight on their own for the three precious points.
Six minutes into the game, new signing Christian Brüls headed the ball into the back of the net but the goal was swiftly cancelled as the linesman flagged for an offside offence apparently by striker Cvitanich. Debatable, perhaps. The offside rule has always been annoyingly complicated. Overall, Nice dominated the game yet they were unable find the elusive winning goal. The match thus ended goalless. Decent performance, could have been better, but an invaluable point won nonetheless. What’s important now is to overturn the deficit in the return leg against Limassol at Stade du Ray.
Matchday 3: AC Ajaccio 0-0 OGC Nice, 11th.