Continuation of the first day of the Ligue 1 edition 2022/2023: OGC Nice traveled this Sunday afternoon to the (dry) lawn of the Municipal Stadium to face the promoted Toulouse, back in the first division after two seasons in Ligue 2. After half-hearted preparation, the Aiglons arrived in Haute-Garonne with two changes in their eleven compared to last year: Lucien Favre aligned Marcin Bulka in goal despite the arrival of Kasper Schmeichel (ex- Leicester), on the bench, and Alexis Beka Beka (ex-Lokomotiv Moscow) in his midfield 3 behind former Téfécé Andy Delort. On the Violets side, Philippe Montanier trusted young Farès Chaïbi as number 10 ahead of Dutch summer rookie Thijs Dallinga, who arrived from Excelsior Rotterdam.
The two teams did not need an observation round under the Toulouse sun, with a first big chance signed Amine Gouiri, who saw his attempt graze the right post of Maxime Dupé (4th). The Violets woke up as the match progressed and put the Côte d’Azur defense in difficulty thanks to calls behind the back of Ngoumou and Dallinga, often on the left side Dante-Bard. After finding Bulka’s post (17th), the Batavian striker finally found the way to the net on the good center returning from Van den Boomen (1-0, 21st), who offered his first offering after being voted best smuggler in the antechamber last year (20 in 2021/2022). Dallinga was even close to a double two minutes later, but Todibo intervened at the last moment at the far post (23rd).
Ramsey offers a point to the Gym
The Gym reacted nevertheless thanks to Andy Delort, so the powerful center low to the ground found no one (27th), and Calvin Stengs, defeated by the crossbar (32nd). Gouiri finally showed himself in the zone of truth but his helmet shot was quietly picked up by Dupé (36th). Meanwhile, on the fallout of a corner, Spierings sent his recovery over the goals of the Polish goalkeeper (33rd). Delort believed to beat Rouault and Dupé with a header passing next to the opposing nets (45th). On returning from the locker room, the meeting seemed a little more balanced between the two teams, but the visitors created a few opportunities with the free kick from Delort (55th), without success, and the combination between Thuram and Gouiri, neutralized by Dupé ( 61st).
We had to wait for the coaching of Lucien Favre to see the OGC return to the game: after a good incursion into the penalty area, Brahimi found Ramsey behind, on his first ball, who perfectly took the ball back to deceive the last Toulouse rampart and put the two teams tied (1-1, 78th). Lucien Favre’s players pushed into added time with the double chance of two starters, Lemina and Ilie, but Dupé turned into a lifeguard to offer the first point to his teammates in this 2022/2023 season against OGC Nice, which will host Strasbourg next weekend. The TFC will travel to the Aube stadium to play ESTAC.