FC Nantes could definitely record this Sunday its maintenance in Ligue 1. To achieve this, Antoine Kombouaré’s men had to at least achieve a draw at Beaujoire against TFC. It must be said that the Canaries were in a favorable ballot at the kickoff thanks to their success (2-1) at the Stadium on Thursday. For this last match of the season, the Nantes technician lined up a classic 4-4-2 with the Coulibaly duo, Blas at the forefront. On the Toulouse side, Patrice Garande’s men had to achieve the feat to validate their climb to Ligue 1. The former Caen coach opted for a 3-5-2 with the Evitt-Healey duo, Bayo in attack.
We had to wait until the seventh minute to catch a glimpse of the first Nantes opportunity. Well launched in the depth by Blas, Kolo Muani stumbled on Dupé well out. The TFC reacted a few minutes later with Healey whose tense shot was well repelled by Lafont (14th). The match was intended to be rather open and the Violets were playing their luck, but Bayo saw his volley go far above (27th).
The TFC does not go far from the feat
Garande’s men significantly hampered their opponent and Dewaest upon receiving a corner hit by Adli, forced Lafont to remain vigilant (35th). The Canaries who had difficulty approaching Toulouse goals tried their luck from afar but Blas’s strike was returned by Dupé (39th). Back from the locker room, the TFC opened the scoring just after the hour mark. On the right, Adli distilled an excellent cross for Bayo who deceived Lafont with a header (0-1, 62nd).
Pushed to its limits, FC Nantes was heading towards an end of the match under tension. In the last quarter of an hour, Chirivella launched Kolo Muani in depth, but the Nantes striker stumbled on Dupé (76th). The last minutes of the match became unbreathable for both teams. The Canaries retreated significantly and Toulouse attacked the goals guarded by Lafont. Unfortunately for the TFC, N’Goumou made a nasty mistake on Castelletto and was sent off (88th). Despite this defeat, FC Nantes ensured its maintenance in Ligue 1.
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