Wales international Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to score the equalizer for Nice in a 1-1 draw with promoted Toulouse in the French league on Sunday.
Signed on a free transfer from Juventus in the summer, Ramsey replaced Calvin Stengs in the 76th minute and made an instant impact for his new club as he pounced on a pass from Billal Brahimi to score with a first effort in the 78th.
Ramsey is the first Welshman to play in the French league since Brynley Griffith in 1959 according to the official Ligue 1 website.
On his debut in the French league, Thijs Dallinga opened the scoring by fending off a cross from Toulouse captain Branco Van den Boomen in the 20th.
Toulouse signed Dallinga for a fee of 2.5 million euros ($2.55) this summer. Last season, the Dutch striker scored 36 goals to help second tier Excelsior Rotterdam to promotion. Dallinga also beat the offside trap to be clean on goal in the 18th minute but had his effort deflected off the post by Nice goalkeeper Marcin Bulka. Stengs was Nice’s only bright spot in the first half. The Dutch winger shook the bar in the 32nd and made a cross for Amine Gouiri, whose tamed header did not hinder goalkeeper Maxime Dupe in the 36th.
Toulouse began to tire in the second half as Dupe denied Khephren Thuram in the 61st. The first round ends later on Sunday with Marseille v Reims, Rennes v Lorient, Lens v Brest, Lille v Auxerre, Montpellier v Troyes and Angers v Nantes. PA SSC SSC
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