Nice 3-1 Lyon

Schmeichel on fire

Kasper Schmeichel is your Aiglon of the Match from the 3-1 win over Lyon in the final game of the 2022–23 season. On fire in the key moments of the game, the Danish international picks up 21% of the votes, just ahead of Dante on 20%.

In an open and end-to-end affair, he acted as a wall. Thanks to an immense display on his line in the first half, Kasper Schmeichel made three top-drawer saves to deny both Rayan Cherki (19’) and Bradley Barcola (22’ and 27’) in the first half-hour, keeping Le Gym narrowly in front, helping his side to withstand the visitors’ most dangerous spell of the game and even ending up discouraging Lyon’s talented attackers. As a result, Le Gym’s own talented attackers took advantage – as the chances rained down on the Rouge et Noir goal, Laborde and Moffi stole the away side’s thunder to strike at the other end, and in the space of five minutes (28’ and 33’), the score went from 1-0 to 3-0, with the Danish giant playing his part in that development, as you have clearly noticed…

The imperial Schmeichel was beaten only once – from Jeffinho’s shot at point-blank range just before the break – before masterfully handling the second half, often coming well off his line and showing great calmness with his feet.

Behind the experienced Denmark captain, we find Les Rouge et Noir’s skipper, Dante, who showed the way from the middle of a three-man defence, then from the left side of a centre-back pairing, with full commitment, strength (winning nine of his 11 duels) and foresight at all times. Dante even treated himself to a delightful nutmeg on Johann Lepenant in the 84th minute.

Finally, with 18% of the votes, Gaëtan Laborde completes the top three from the final Aiglon of the Match poll of the 2022–23 campaign. On Saturday, the striker scored his 16th goal for Le Gym and his 18th of the season in all competitions, including his two for Rennes.

Extra stat: Laborde scored his 23rd header in 235 Ligue 1 games on Saturday (15 for Montpellier, three for Nice, three for Rennes and two for Bordeaux), the highest total for a top-flight player since Opta records began (2006/07).