Nice undone as Monaco take derby spoils
Monaco claimed bragging rights on the Côte d'Azur as Guy Lacombe's side enjoyed a deserved 3-1 victory at the expense of struggling neighbours Nice.
Saturday 19 September 2009
OGC Nice / AS Monaco FC : 1 - 3
Nice coach Didier Ollé-Nicolle saw his team slump to a fourth successive defeat, though they played an major role in their own downfall as they gifted the visitors an early lead at the Stade Municipal du Ray.
Onyekachi Apam was adjudged to have fouled Nênê as an Alejandro Alonso cross came into the penalty box - Nênê dispatched the spot-kick himself to claim his fourth goal of the season and edge his side ahead after just eight minutes.
Four minutes later, the disgruntled home fans had yet more reason to voice their discontent as Alonso doubled the visitors' advantage, firing past David Ospina after Mathieu Coutadeur had teed up the opportunity.
It looked bleaker still for the home side when injury forced Ospina off, but his replacement, the veteran Lionel Létizi, saw Loïc Rémy grab his first goal since the opening day of the season to revive Nice's ambitions just before the break.
Nice's frailties in defence, however, were to fatally undermine their chances. Pushing forward in search of an equaliser, they were floored by a classic sucker-punch 19 minutes from time - Alonso rounding off a counter-attack to give Lacombe's men a second successive victory.