Sports Mole brings you live coverage from Ligue 1 where Nice host AS Monaco at the Allianz Riviera.
By Matt Cotton, Reporter Filed: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 19:53 UK
Last Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 15:40 UK
Nice hosted AS Monaco in the derby de la Cote d'Azur at the Allianz Riviera on Tuesday night.
The home team were looking to bounce back from five consecutive games in Ligue 1, while Monaco went into the game coming off back-to-back defeats for the first time since September.
However, it was the away side that secured a comfortable victory as they kept pace with the league leaders.
Read how the match unfolded in the live commentary below.
7.54pmHello and welcome to part two of Sports Mole's Tuesday night Ligue 1 coverage where Nice host AS Monaco at the Allianz Riviera.
7.54pmThis should be a brilliant game between two footballing teams who are both eager for a win. Having faded away after such a good start, Nice are desperate to end their disastrous losing streak that they currently find themselves on, while Monaco seem to be over a recent blip and will once again try to challenge at the top.
7.54pmWhat makes this match even spicier is the fact that it is a local derby! Known as the derby de la Cote d'Azur, which is contested by the two teams occupying the area next to the French Riviera. They haven't met since April 2011, but that's not to say that this rivalry will be any less heated and passionate when the two take to the field.
7.54pmNice ran out 3-2 winners in their last meeting, but the most notable clash (literally) between the two in recent history came in January 2010 when Monaco won by the same scoreline.
7.55pmThat meeting itself was an incident-ridden match which saw Nice defender Renato Civelli sent off in the latter stages of the game, during which several Nice supporters stormed the pitch and attacked the Monaco fans. Their actions resulted in Nice being forced to play a home match behind closed doors. So yes, it can get pretty feisty this one.
7.55pmBut that's in the past, and this is the present, so here are the teams for today.
23 minGreat goal for the away side to double their lead. Very patient build-up resulting in a brilliant cross from the right by Martial and an even better header from Riviere at the near post. He lept like a salmon and flicked it into the far corner. Superb. Who needs Falcao?
24 minNice have a mountain to climb now if they are to avoid a sixth-straight defeat.
26 minSAVE! Nearly a perfect response from Nice. Cvitanich wriggles into a shooting opportunity before smashing a shot towards the bottom corner, but Subasic pulls off a fine save at his near post.
29 minSAVE! Subasic called into action again. Eysseric picks up the ball short from a corner on the left and bends an effort towards the far top corner. It's got Subasic back-peddling, but he can stick out a hand and claw it away.
30 minNice have responded very well since going 2-0 down, but it may be too already. If it's not, then we have a great game on our hands.
33 minMoutinho is down holding his head at the moment after a meeting of the minds with Mendy's solid nogging. He looks ok to carry on though.
35 minNice are enjoying more possession, but haven't created a chance in a number of minutes. Three chances each at the moment, but Monaco have taken two of theirs.
38 minMISS! That's a sitter from Riviere. He was clean through on goal after a brilliant pass from Rodriguez. He draws out the keeper, but lifts it over him and the crossbar. That should have been a third.
41 minNice are still plugging away in an attempt to get back in the game, but Monaco are dealing with everything they have thrown at them so far.
43 minNearly a chance for Cvitanich, but he couldn't get the second touch he need.
45 minYELLOW CARD Gomis goes into the book for a late challenge.
8.50pmVery good half for Claudio Ranieri's Monaco. Rodriguez and Riviere with the goals, and it could be more. Nice have threatened, but haven't managed to take their chances like Monaco have. Martial has been impressive.
AS Monaco: Shots 4 On target 3 Possession 49% Corners 3 Fouls 10
8.53pmThose stats are almost identical, but just goes to show the slight difference in class when it comes to both penalty areas.
9.03pmThe two teams are back out at the Allianz Riviera.
9.04pmNICE CHANGE Abriel makes way at the break, with Honorat coming on.
46 minKICK OFF! Nice get the second half back underway.
47 minCHANCE! Nice have started on the front foot and win a corner. Bruls swings it in from the left to the near post where Bodmer gets his head to it. It flies just over and the referee gives a goal kick, although replays show that Subasic got a touch and it should have been a corner.
51 minCLOSE! Rodriguez is so dangerous when cutting in on his left foot. He pulls of a Cruyff turn on the edge of the box to lead Mendy on his backside, before fizzing a low shot just past the far post.
52 minMonaco are starting to take control once again.
55 minBig moment as Rivere is played through on goal and goes one on one with Veronese. The striker goes down after the keeper comes out, but the referee tells the Monaco man to get up. There isn't much contact at all, but had Riviere gone down earlier, he may have got the spot kick.
59 minNICE CHANGE Eysseric receives some boos from the home fans as he continues to carry on his disappointing form. Jordan Amavi is on.
60 minNot sure what Puel's logic is behind that change. They're trailing 2-0 and he takes off a striker and brings on a defender.
62 minWe've got less than half an hour to play, and Monaco look more likely to get a third than Nice do to get off the mark.
64 minMonaco are totally in control. Cvitanich has barely had a look in up front for Nice in this second half, Monaco have defended so well when called upon.
66 minPlay is held up for a moment as the referee clears an object from the field that was thrown from the stands.
68 minMONACO CHANGE One talented youngster for another, as Lucas Ocampos comes on in place of Anthony Martial.
70 minThe ball nearly falls to Lucas Ocampos as Monaco flood the Nice penalty area, but Veronese can come and hold the ball.
71 minThat's greedy from Ocampos. He runs at the Nice backline, which has three defenders back-peddling, and has a free man to his left and right. Instead he opts to have a pop at goal, but his shot is blocked, whereas a pass to a teammate would have surely resulted in a third goal.
74 minMONACO CHANGE Riviere, scorer of his team's second goal, is replaced by Valere Germain.
77 minCHANCE! A fabulous move from Monaco, with Rodriguez at the heart of it once more. He links up brilliant with Kurzawa down the left before making his way into the box. He takes the ball towards the byline to try get his shot away, but Germain cannot get out of his way, and he falls as he has an effort on goal and drags it wide.
79 minMONACO CHANGEJames Rodriguez, who scored the opener and has been brilliant tonight, makes his way off the field with Geoffrey Kondogbia, the defensive midfielder, taking his place.
82 minMonaco are just running the clock down now. The game is dead.
89 minBodmer's defending there has just summed up Nice' recent form as well as their night. He picks up the ball in his own box and dwells on it far too long, allowing Ocampos to tackle him before round Veronese and slotting the ball into an empty net.
90+1 minSo after tonight's games, Monaco will stay third but go just two points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain having played a game more, an a point adrift of second-placed Lille. Monaco will also be eight points clear of fourth-placed Marseille following their loss to Lille earlier today. Nice will stay 15th.