Despite playing with 10 players, Nice succeeds in drawing against Montpellier


NICE managed to survive despite losing their captain Dante since the first half and goalkeeper Walter Benitez saved a penalty kick during a goalless draw at home to Montpellier in the Ligue 1 match, Sunday (13/3) early morning WIB.

The 38-year-old Brazilian was sent off for the second time in three games after fouling Elye Wahi in the Nice box ten minutes before the break.

Teji Savanier, who was the penalty taker, tried to make Panenka but was caught by Benitez to ensure Nice did not concede in four consecutive games.

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“The penalty and the red card changed the game,” said Nice coach Christophe Galtier.

“I asked the referee Clement Turpin to explain his decision. He said Dante’s actions were unsportsmanlike but I didn’t agree. I think the red card was too much,” he continued.

Thanks to the draw, Nice is now ranked second in the standings, three points ahead of Marseille. OM will only play a match against Brest on Sunday (13/3), and will try to end a series of three games without a win.

Nice, Coupe de France finalists, are now 12 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain. PSG will host bottom club Bordeaux on Sunday (13/3). (AFP/OL-1)