May 24, 2021
Gouiri, the last aiglon of the season
Amine Gouiri, who played a key role in the thrilling 3-2 win over Lyon on Sunday, was named the Crédit Agricole PCA Aiglon of the Match by Gym fans. The striker provided another assist and received 36% of the votes. He came home ahead of two of the game's scorers: Hassane Kamara (28%) and Kasper Dolberg (11%).
Amine Gouiri has made his mark this season. He was the very first Aiglon of the Match this season for his performance against Lens (2-1) last August, and he received the accolade again in the final match of the campaign against Lyon.
It was in the very same Groupama Stadium that Amine Gouiri made his professional debut on 19 November, 2017, and he delivered a performance in keeping with the quality of his entire season. Le Gym’s top scorer was a constant thorn in his former club’s side, running off the ball, dribbling with it, finding the right pass in the final third, he did it all.
In the aftermath of the win, the numbers back-up the overall impression left by the No.11. Gouiri made 19 passes into the opposition half (a Nice highest). Although he did not score himself, he took a match-high four shots and created a number of dangerous situations. The ex-Lyon forward delivered four crosses and two shot assists, but he was especially decisive for the third goal. From a free-kick that he obtained himself - on one of the three fouls he suffered (match high), Gouiri found found the perfect area in the box for Saliba to head home (2-3, 57'). Gouiri's seventh assist in L1 and, with 12 goals scored, that’s a combined total of 19 Ligue 1goals this season.
KAMARA AND DOLBERG COMPLETE THE PODIUM
In second place, Hassane Kamara was rewarded for his fine performance and his superb equalising goal for 2-2. Defence first, the fullback showed himself to be very reliable in his left corridor. He was less involved than Atal on the right (53 balls played compared to 71 for the Algerian), but Kamara cut off several opposition attacks, recovering 6 balls and making 4 defensive clearances.
However, the image that will remain of his match at the Groupama Stadium came at the other end of the pitch. After a control, the defender unleashed a powerful left-footed shot drive beyond Lopes (2-2, 50'). The former Reims player put the Rouge et Noir back on the road to success, before Saliba finished the job.
Finally, Kasper Dolberg came home in third place. In a difficult match for a centre-forward, the Denmark international didn’t see much of the ball but made the most of every one of his 28 touches.
The former Ajax man was a constant threat to Lyon's rearguard (he was fouled three times, same as Gouiri) and he scored Nice’s first goal, getting on the end of Lees-Melou's cross. His positioning in the right area and clinical finish left Lopes no chance. The number 9 scored his 17th goal in Ligue 1 for Nice.