Moffi Inspires Nice's 3-2 Upset of PSG in Ligue 1
In a thrilling Ligue 1 encounter on Friday, Terem Moffi, the talented forward for Nice, showcased his prowess by netting two goals and providing an assist, propelling his team to a 3-2 victory against Paris St Germain. This defeat marked PSG's first setback of the season.
Despite having the opportunity to claim the top spot in the standings with a victory, PSG was relegated to third place with eight points. They currently trail Nice by one point, who remain undefeated in the 2023-24 campaign, and AS Monaco, the leaders with a two-point advantage, who are scheduled to face Lorient on Sunday.
Luis Enrique, PSG's coach, acknowledged the challenge posed by Nice, stating, "Nice were a very difficult team, with a very attractive game plan. Physically, I think they were superior to us and then they were very good in all counterattack situations."
In the early stages of the match, PSG appeared to be in control, with Ousmane Dembele narrowly missing a goal that was expertly saved by Nice's goalkeeper, Marcin Bulka. Moments later, Kylian Mbappe's attempt inside the box was thwarted.
However, the momentum quickly shifted as Terem Moffi found the net in the 21st minute, giving Nice the lead with a low shot. PSG countered swiftly, as Mbappe equalized just before the half-hour mark with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.
Paris St Germain had an opportunity to take the lead before halftime when Dembele delivered a cross into the box, but Mbappe was unable to convert it with a sliding tackle. Nice regained the lead after the break, with Gaetan Laborde scoring from close range, capitalizing on an excellent assist from Moffi.
Gianluigi Donnarumma prevented PSG from conceding a third goal when he denied Sofiane Diop's close-range attempt. However, Moffi outwitted PSG's defense with a clever move, scoring his second goal of the match with a low shot in the 68th minute, extending Nice's lead to 3-1.
Mbappe reignited PSG's hopes with a late goal, bouncing a shot off the ground and into the far post three minutes from time. Despite a late surge into Nice's box during stoppage time, PSG couldn't find the equalizer.
Randal Kolo Muani, a substitute for PSG, praised Nice, saying, "It was a great Nice team in front of us. They managed to keep calm, play their football, and then score goals."
Notably, PSG had maintained an unbeaten streak in their previous 13 home matches against Nice in all competitions. On the other hand, Nice joined Rennes, Olympique de Marseille, and AS Monaco as one of the four teams still undefeated in the top-flight this season.