Calabresi pounces late as Amiens claim point
Arturo Calabresi scored in the 95th minute as Amiens rescued a point at Nîmes after Pablo Martinez had opened the scoring late in the first half.
Serhou Guirassy was putting himself about to good effect from the off for Nîmes and the big striker forced Lucas Dias into an alert save (7') before the home goalkeeper again emerged on top in what was developing into a personal battle (24').
A Martinez slip had allowed Guirassy in for the second of those chances but the defender showed himself in a much better light (41') when he side-footed past an unsighted Régis Gurtner from a corner. Steven Mendoza, on target in all three previous top division games he'd played this season, was denied anextension to that run (56') as the Colombian's shot from an Alexis Blin pass struck the post.
Anthony Briançon, the home captain, had a penalty blown against him for handball, only for the decision to be overturned on a VAR review. The respite was only temporary, however, as Renaud Ripart failed to clear a corner at the front post and Calabresi equalised (90+5') after an unsightly scramble.
THE PLAYER: Lucas Dias
The 20-year-old goalkeeper came on for the injured Paul Bernardoni at LOSC before the international window and continued to deputise for the France Under-21s international at Stade des Costières. Having made a couple of key stops in the first half, the youngster was cruelly denied a first Ligue 1 Conforama clean sheet at the last.
THE STAT: 3
This was the third time Nîmes had opened the scoring this season. They'd gone on to win on both previous occasions, beating Brest and Toulouse.