For this 36th day of Ligue 1, FC Nantes received the Girondins de Bordeaux. A decisive match in the race to maintain since the two teams were poorly classified. The eighteenth Canaries had to win against Bordeaux, fifteenth, not to say goodbye to Ligue 1 next season. Same story for the Marines and Whites who could ensure their maintenance by taking the three points. For this meeting, Kombouaré decided to align his strong men with a rather attractive attacking trio: Blas, Simon, Kolo Muani. For his part, Jean-Louis Gasset tried a 4-3-3 with the young Sekou Mara at the forefront.
At the start of the meeting, it was FC Nantes who largely dominated the Bordelais who lacked desire and intensity. With better technical mastery and more movement, Antoine Kombouaré’s men created a few chances. On his right side, Ludovic Blas made miseries to a Youssouf Sabaly at the pickup. The young French winger, with his dribbling and percussion skills, has more than once made the Senegalese defender dizzy. And by dint of walking in the Bordeaux defense, the former Guingamp player delivered a marvel of center on the head of Coulibaly. The Malian striker who had not scored in the game for 2 years beat Costil with a fine header (1-0, 19th). Subsequently, it was Kolo Muani who did not go far from the goal of the break on a service from Simon (23 ‘). Bordeaux side absolutely nothing to put in their mouths except this strike from Hwang repulsed by Lafont (42nd).
Nantes returns to a point of Strasbourg
If the Bordeaux supporters hoped for a reaction in the second half, they were disappointed. The second act began on the same dynamic as the beginning of the meeting. Yacine Adli’s teammates lacked impact, intensity. Kolo Muani continued to make his speed speak. He played Benito twice and got a penalty. The Swiss defender caught up in speed made a very clumsy fault. Imran Louza did not need to be asked. He transformed his fifth penalty of the season (5 out of 5) to give his team two goals ahead (2-0, 48th). Bordeaux could not have dreamed of a worse start to the second period. As if to illustrate some very bad starting choices, Jean-Louis Gasset made no less than 4 changes at once. De Preville, Traoré, Oudin and Baysse made their appearance.
These changes will not have been of much use in the end since Nantes was going smoothly. Simon Moses ridiculed Kwateng before serving Kolo Muani perfectly. The 23-year-old striker resumed with a good volley for the third goal (3-0, 70th). The score will not move any more. This new heavy defeat does not suit Bordeaux, which may have already been maintained last weekend with its victory against Rennes. In addition to seeing Nantes return to only two points, the Girondins see their goal average drop to -18, more than Nantes (-11), Lorient (-16), Strasbourg (-10) or even Brest (-13). Relegation is fast approaching. For its part, Nantes continues its good series and could well be maintained after a finish of madness.
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