Goal of the day: Dimitar Berbatov (Monaco) vs Nice | inside World Soccer

A wonderfully impudent finish from Dimitar Berbatov was enough to earn AS Monaco a 1-0 victory over Nice and a spot in next year's Champions League.

In a magnificent derby atmosphere at the Stade Louis II, the match began with a moment of inspiration.

With five minutes gone, João Moutinho found Berbatov on the left, inside the Nice penalty box.

The former Manchester United striker controlled the ball with his first touch, let the ball bounce then produced a majestic outside of the right foot chip to lob the ball over David Ospina.

It was Berbatov's third goal since arriving in the principality on loan from Fulham last January.

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri told a press conference: "It was solid gold. I believe he intended to score."

"That goal is in my top three, after the goal against Liverpool with Manchester United and another one against Roma," Berbatov told L'Équipe.


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