St. Etienne punishes 8-man Nice

BY foxsports • November 19, 2011

New Nice coach Rene Marsiglia saw three of his players sent off as his team lost 2-0 to St Etienne.

Goalkeeper David Ospina, striker Eric Mouloungui and defender Renato Civelli all saw red in an ill-tempered affair which the visitors won thanks to two first-half goals from Kurt Zouma and Florent Sinama-Pongolle.

Earlier in the week Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere moved Eric Roy into a general manager's role and handed the coaching job to Marsiglia, who demanded "more work and effort" from his players.

But at the Stade du Ray today the Nice players did little to help themselves - or their new manager - with an ill-disciplined performance.

Only an outstanding triple save after seven minutes from St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier kept the visitors in the game.

Attention then moved to Nice's keeper Ospina, who brought down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after 23 minutes and was given his marching orders.

Sinama-Pongolle scored from the spot, sending substitute keeper Raul Fernandez the wrong way.

Just four minutes later Nice were down to nine men, Mouloungui given a straight red for a nasty challenge on Fabian Lemoine.

Zouma made it 2-0 after 37 minutes, with a powerful near-post header from a corner.

After the break Nice had a couple of chances to get back into the game, but found Ruffier tough to beat.

And it got even worse for the hosts with six minutes remaining, Civelli given a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Sinama-Pongolle.

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