OGC Nice experienced defeat for the first time this season after losing 1-0 to FC Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire.
Francesco Farioli's team have racked up remarkable wins against Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco, positioning themselves as strong contenders for the league title this season.
Nice had a strong attacking performance, with 13 shots goals and six on target. However, Les Aiglons had one issue: they couldn't beat Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont. The 24-year-old had six saves, all coming from inside the box.
With Lafont frustrating Nice, Les Canaris had their share of chances. Nantes also had 13 total shots, with four going on target, but the key difference is that they took advantage of their scoring opportunities.
Nantes' build-up to their goal was impressive, which included a nice flicked pass that led to Moussa Sissoko firing the initial shot. Marcin Bułka, who also had a stellar game between the pipes, would stop Sissoko. Still, Florent Mollet was in the right place at the right time to score and give Nantes the lead.
In what turned out to be a duel of goalkeepers, it was Nice who flinched first. All Nantes needed was one goal due to the performance that Lafont had put on at the other end of the pitch.
After securing all three points, Nantes sits firmly in the middle of the table. They'll look to carry this momentum when traveling to the French capital to face Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, Nice will look for a bounce-back win against Stade de Reims. Les Rouges et Blancs are attempting to challenge Nice and position themselves in the race to land one of the UEFA Champions League spots for the 2024-25 season. As a result, these head-to-head matches will be crucial.