Boga winner helps Nice beat Reims 2-1 to take back 2nd place in Ligue 1

AP , Sunday 10 Dec 2023

Ivory Coast forward Jeremie Boga scored the winner as Nice beat Reims 2-1 to take back second place in the French league on Sunday.

Nice s Ivorian forward #07 Jeremie Boga celebrates scoring his team s second goal during the French L1 football match between OGC Nice and Stade de Reims at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, south-eastern France, on December 10, 2023. Photo: AFP


Boga picked his spot from 18 yards to unleash a low strike that Reims goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf palmed into his own net in the 82nd minute.

Nice is known for patiently probing for an opening by swapping passes in its own half. But goalkeeper Marcin Bulka diverted from the script with a long punt in the 55th. The Reims defense cleared the ball into the path of Gaetan Laborde, who drove forward to open the scoring for Nice with a shot off the underside of the bar.

Reims captain Yunis Abdelhamid met a cross from Junya Ito to equalize with a downward header in the 78th. Ito also hit the woodwork with an effort in the 67th.

Nice moved two points clear of Monaco while Reims dropped to sixth place.

The 15th round ends later Sunday with Clermont vs. Lille, Metz vs. Brest, Strasbourg vs. Le Havre, Lyon vs. Toulouse, and Lorient vs. Marseille.

On Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain beat Nantes 2-1 to win an eighth straight game in the league and keep a four-point lead over Nice.

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