PSG overcome stubborn Nice

Posted: 18 March 2018 Time: 03:11 pm

Second-half goals from Angel di Maria and Dani Alves handed Paris Saint-Germain a 2-1 win over Nice at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday.

The win has further solidified PSG's champions elect status after fighting from a goal down to snatch the win against a competitive Nice side.

The first chance of the game came in the seventh minute as Pierre Lees-Melou unleashed a drive that was easily saved by Alphonse Areola.

Moments later, Mario Balotelli struck the post with a header but was penalised for a foul.

Edison Cavani struck the post on the other side after his initial shot from the 18-yards was rebounded back into his stride after 14 minutes.

Three minutes later, Allan Saint Maximin gave Nice the lead after a swift counter attack saw him break through on goal to calmly slot home.

PSG immediately responded with the equaliser through Di Maria, who dribbled well before beating Walter Benitez to restore parity after 21 minutes.

The teams went into the half-time break in equal terms.

Five minutes into the second half, Saint Maximin was put through on goal by Balotelli but this time Areola was equal to the task.

In the 57th minute, Kylan Mbappe had the ball in the back of the net but was ruled offside, before Alves and Balotelli forced great saves from the respective goal minders within minutes of each other.

Balotelli struck the framework for the second time when he rose highest to head towards goal after 75 minutes.

However, Alves gave PSG the lead with eight minutes to play, after Adrien Rabiot's cross found the defender who headed into the back of the net.

PSG held on for the three points to stretch their lead at the summit to 16 points.

Article by: Staff Reporter

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