UEFA Europa League
Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
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FT: The result means that Schale 04 climbed up to the top of Group I on three points and are joined by Krasnodar who defeated Red Bull Salzburg. Nice remained bottom of the table behind Salzburg, who like the French side, begin the campaign without a point.
FT: Schalke 04 should have sealed the victory late into added-time when Choupo-Moting fired an effort against the post after Cardinale palmed Meyer’s effort into the Cameroonian international’s path, but it didn’t matter in the end.
FT: Schalke 04 did go close to extending their lead when Meyer fired an effort into the side-netting, but they were hanging on in the latter moments of the game. Naldo’s challenge to deflect Balotelli’s effort was crucial as the Italian looked certain to score the leveller but Fährmann made a good save.
FT: The visitors dominated possession throughout the game and had a number of opportunities to take the lead but Cardinale did well to keep the French side in the game, denying Goretzka on countless occasions, before making good saves to keep out efforts from Naldo and Meyer. However, he was to be beaten at his near-post after a ferocious drive from Rahman.
FT: So Schalke have narrowly defeated their Group I opponents.
90’+3′ The corner is cleared before the referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+2′ Bodmer wins a corner.
90’+1′ So close!! Meyer cuts-inside and fires a ferocious effort that Cardinale parries into the path of Choupo-Moting whose effort comes back off the post and across the face of goal.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
89′ Final Schalke 04 change sees Goretzka replaced by Sead Kolašinac.
89′ Balotelli is penalised for a foul on Höwedes and receives a yellow card.
88′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the visitors.
88′ Pereira wins a corner.
86′ Close!! Cyprien fires a first-time effort from a tight-angle at goal but Fährmann makes a comfortable save.
84′ Pléa is penalised for a foul.
84′ Bodmer is caught offside.
84 The corner comes to nothing.
83′ Chance!! Balotelli surges forward and exchanges a nice one-two with Pléa who finds the Italian again, whose deflected effort is palmed away by Fährmann.
82′ Delay over, play resumes.
81′ Slight delay in the match after a pitch invader enters the pitch.
80′ Second Nice change sees Younès Belhanda replace Henrique.
77′ Konoplyanka has space, but scuffs his effort from outside the area harmlessly wide.
76′ Close!! Meyer cuts-inside before firing an effort that ripples into the side-netting.
75′ Goal!! Meyer exchanges a nice one-two with Rahman, who fired home past Cardinale at his near-post.
73′ Seri is penalised for a foul on Bentaleb.
73′ Seri is penalised for a foul on Konoplyanka.
72′ Chance!! Goretkza finds Meyer who turns his man and fires an effort that Cardinale is forced to palm away.
70′ Seri receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Goretzka.
68′ Choupo-Moting creates a yard of space but fires an effort that drifts harmlessly wide for a throw-in.
67′ Meyer wins a freekick.
66′ The delivery is taken short to Pereira whose cross is cleared by Naldo.
66′ First Nice change sees Koziello replaced by Mathieu Bodmer.
65′ Balotelli wins a corner.
63′ Chance!! Choupo-Moting tees up Goretzka, whose side-footed effort is palmed away by Cardinale.
61′ Balotelli sends in a teasing delivery but it’s just overhit and Pléa can’t get onto it as Fährmann claims the loose ball.
58′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Naldo but his header is saved comfortably by Cardinale.
58′ The delivery is deflected behind by Balotelli.
57′ Second Schalke 04 change sees Max Meyer replace Stambouli.
57′ Konoplyanka wins a corner.
55′ Choupo-Moting is caught offside.
52′ First Schalke 04 change sees Schöpf replaced by Yevhen Konoplyanka.
49′ Stambouli is penalised for a foul.
49′ Naldo is penalised for a high foot.
47′ The corner is dealt with by the hosts.
47′ Rahman wins a corner.
45′ Emoblo is penalised for a late foul on Dante.
45′ Nice get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Nice improve and take the lead or will Schalke make their dominance count and take the lead themselves? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Balotelli has been rather quiet for the hosts and hasn’t received enough support. Schöpf has caused problems for the French side and got into some good positions but despite his creativity, the scoreline remains goalless.
HT: Nice have been rather disappointing in truth. They’ve barely got out of their own half and when they have, they’ve lost possession far too easily. They haven’t created many chances and their only sight of goal was when a Cyprien effort from-range flew into Row Z.
HT: In a half of very few chances, the visitors have gone close on a handful of occasions. The closest they came was when Cardinale made a fine double-save to deny Goretzka and when Schöpf curled an effort just wide of the post.
HT: So we’re goalless at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.
45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
43′ Stambouli receives a yellow card for a foul on Koziello, although the Nice man was already on his way to ground.
42′ Penalty appeal!! Schöpf goes to ground under a hefty challenge by Dante but the referee tells the Schalke man to get to his feet.
39′ Dante is penalised for a foul on Embolo.
37′ Balotelli wins a freekick.
36′ The delivery is dealt with before Schöpf fires an effort over the bar.
35′ Balotelli is penalised for a foul and concedes a freekick in a good position for the visitors.
35′ The delivery is cleared to Nastasić whose effort is blocked by Koziello.
34′ Koziello miscues a clearance to concede a corner.
34′ Pléa is caught offside.
33′ The delivery is claimed by Fährmann.
32′ Nastasić is penalised for a foul on Pléa.
31′ Balotelli wins a freekick after a foul from Rahman who receives a yellow card for a flailing arm.
30′ Schöpf is penalised for a foul.
30′ Baysse returns to the field.
28′ The corner comes to nothing as Cardinale wins a freekick after a foul from Naldo.
28′ Henrique concedes a corner.
27′ Slight delay in the match as Baysse receives treatment after being caught by Embolo, he has to leave the field.
27′ The delivery is dealt with by the visitors.
27′ Koziello wins a freekick in a good position.
24′ Henrique wins a freekick.
21′ The corner just evades the head of Naldo and is cleared by the hosts.
21′ Rahman wins a corner.
20′ Chance!! Cardinale is called into action when Höwedes tees up Goretzka, who fires an effort that the keeper palms away, Goretzka then seizes the rebound and forces Cardinale into another fine save before Baysse clears the danger after Schöpf and Embolo were following-up.
18′ Balotelli is penalised for handball.
18′ Close!! Schöpf is first to a loose ball and curls an effort just wide of the post.
16′ Choupo-Moting is penalised for a foul on Koziello.
15′ The delivery is cleared by Henrique.
15′ Dante concedes a corner.
14′ Balotelli tees up Cyprien who fires an effort harmlessly over the bar under-pressure.
13′ Embolo is penalised for a foul on Dante.
12′ Choupo-Moting goes for goal from-range but his effort drifts over the bar.
11′ Balotelli wins a freekick.
10′ Choupo-Moting is caught offside.
8′ Pereira goes down under a challenge from Rahman, but far too easily according to the referee who tells the Nice full-back to get up.
7′ Cyprien wins a freekick.
5′ The delivery is cleared before Pereira clears the ball for a throw-in.
5′ Pereira concedes a corner.
0′ Koziello wins a freekick after a foul from Stambouli.
0′ Schalke 04 get the game underway.
OGC Nice: Yoan Cardinale (GK), Dalbert Henrique, Dante, Paul Baysse, Ricardo Pereira, Jean Michaël Seri, Vincent Koziello, Wylan Cyprien, Malang Sarr, Mario Balotelli, Alassane Pléa
FC Schalke 04: Ralf Fährmann (GK), Baba Rahman, Matija Nastasić, Naldo, Benedikt Höwedes, Nabil Bentaleb, Benjamin Stambouli, Leon Goretzka, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Alessandro Schöpf, Breel Embolo