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How Nice beat all the odds – and PSG – to challenge for the Ligue 1 title this season

Nice finished 33 points behind Paris Saint-Germain last season but, after a 3-1 win over the champions on Sunday, they are still challenging for the title

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

“It was a great match, one that completes our season. Once more, this isn’t down to luck, we know this. We know our level and the progress we’ve made. It is greatly satisfying for the players and the fans.” OGC Nice’s president, Jean-Pierre Rivère was understandably proud of his team after a 3-1 home win over Paris Saint-Germain. Sublime goals from Mario Balotelli and Ricardo Pereira caught the eye and young goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale was superb, but Nice are focused on the bigger picture.

A combination of Monaco all but being assured of the Ligue 1 title and a near-complete meltdown by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the match may overshadow the result, but make no mistake, Nice’s victory over the defending champions should be read as a valedictory statement for the hosts and the progress they have made under Rivère. Nice are still all but out of the title race themselves and some will view their tumble down the table in 2017 as a weakening of their early resolve, but they are now unbeaten in 12 matches, something that would have seemed highly unlikely three months ago.

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How Nice beat all the odds – and PSG – to challenge for the Ligue 1 title this season

Nice finished 33 points behind Paris Saint-Germain last season but, after a 3-1 win over the champions on Sunday, they are still challenging for the title

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

“It was a great match, one that completes our season. Once more, this isn’t down to luck, we know this. We know our level and the progress we’ve made. It is greatly satisfying for the players and the fans.” OGC Nice’s president, Jean-Pierre Rivère was understandably proud of his team after a 3-1 home win over Paris Saint-Germain. Sublime goals from Mario Balotelli and Ricardo Pereira caught the eye and young goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale was superb, but Nice are focused on the bigger picture.

A combination of Monaco all but being assured of the Ligue 1 title and a near-complete meltdown by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the match may overshadow the result, but make no mistake, Nice’s victory over the defending champions should be read as a valedictory statement for the hosts and the progress they have made under Rivère. Nice are still all but out of the title race themselves and some will view their tumble down the table in 2017 as a weakening of their early resolve, but they are now unbeaten in 12 matches, something that would have seemed highly unlikely three months ago.

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