Defeated in the first leg (1-0), the Niçois snatched their qualification for the Europa League conference after extra time, Thursday, during the return dam (2-0).
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Nice suffered, but Nice will be present in the Europa League conference. Beaten 1-0 in the first leg play-off by Maccabi Tel-Aviv, the Aiglons absolutely had to win at home on the return leg to hope for a European adventure this season. But the Gym, despite being ultra dominating, had all the difficulty in the world to break through the lock of the Israeli safe held by a great Daniel Peretz.
Alexis Claude-Maurice (1-0, 25th) first came to open the scoring for the Aiglons in order to put the two teams tied on aggregate score. Then Lucien Favre’s men pounded Maccabi’s goal for 75 minutes, without managing to make the break. Pushed into extra time, the Aiglons were even scared after the expulsion of Amine Gouiri (99th) for a second yellow card.
The cold shower could have come in the 116th minute when Oscar Gloukh found the crossbar with a heavy shot, but it was finally Alexis Beka Beka, who had just come into play, who came to deliver the OGC with a superb shot. After C3, place at C4 for the Gym.