Europa League Conference: Nice dominates Tiraspol and takes the quarter

Until April 20, date of the quarter-final return, Nice will remain the only French club involved in a European cup for this season. Victorious (3-1) at the Allianz Riviera this Thursday from Sheriff Tiraspol, the Aiglons are now waiting for the opponent who will be chosen for them this Friday in Nyon (Switzerland) during the draw.

The goal scored last week by Ayoub Amraoui in Moldova will have allowed his teammates to start without pressure. Without Dante, its captain, suspended after being warned once too many, Nice intends to continue its formidable series of eleven games without defeat, in all competitions. “Our idea has always been the same: we play every game to win them. We have ambitions in the game, we have desires, principles of play which are very strong ”warned Julien Sablé, Didier Digard’s assistant.

We are initially bored in an enclosure far from being full (23,000 spectators) who must wait half an hour of play to find the voice. Khephren Thuram, called up in Blue against the Netherlands and Ireland in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, opens superbly for Gaëtan Laborde, who continues with a magnificent ball stung above the Moldovan goalkeeper. Great art. Just before the break, Terem Moffi tries the same gesture but the shot from the Nigerian passes close to the amount of Maxim Koval.

On loan until the end of the season with a mandatory purchase option, the former Lorient player is rewarded for his efforts after an individual feat (2-0, 53rd). A short-lived joy as Tapsoba reduced the mark in stride after a defensive misunderstanding from the Aiglons. This is the moment chosen to give a second wind, with in particular the entries of Nicolas Pépé. Tiraspol still believes in it until the counter led by Billal Brahimi, who concludes (3-1, 79th).

In the quarter-finals of a European Cup for the first time since… 1960, the current 7th in Ligue 1 clearly has the ambition to pursue his dream from April 13, the day of the first leg. This will require passing the next obstacle, with a next opponent to be designated between Fiorentina, FC Basel, Poznan, West Ham, Alkmaar (Lazio Rome scorer), La Gantoise, and Anderlecht.



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