Nantes slows down Lille. The 2020 French champion, who had gotten off to a great start at home against Auxerre last week (4-1), this time had to chase after the score, after Moses Simon’s goal from a corner. But he was once again very enterprising offensively to manage to beat a great Alban Lafont, by Ismaily, and snatch a point from a draw which does not help either team (1-1).
It’s not what they hoped for, but Paulo Fonseca’s players will be satisfied with it. In a busy and very noisy Beaujoire, LOSC dropped their first two points of the season, failing to confirm after their attacking festival against AJA. Dangerous quickly by Jonathan Bamba (4th), the Mastiffs were however frustrated little by little in a lively first act.
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While José Fonte and Tiago Djalo (18th), as well as Hakim Zedadka (14th), were warned, it was Nantes who managed to surprise their opponent on a corner from Quentin Merlin. Found at the near post, Andrei Girotto deflected the ball for Simon who, at the far post, only had to push the ball deep (1-0, 28′). Girotto, subsequently, signaled himself in his area by diverting in particular a strike well off from Angel Gomes (34th).
Lafont the shape
But it was above all Lafont who drove Jonathan David and his attacking partners crazy. After a first superb parade on his line against Bamba (34th), he appeared very serene in the air to lay down the law in his area (50th). He then made two big saves, each time on Cabella (56th, 58th), to prevent his people from sinking during Lille’s highlight after returning from the locker room.
While Benjamin André hit the bar with his head (53rd), the Mastiffs also came up against a very united defense which put up a wall against the opposing shooters (53rd, 73rd, 74th). Finally, the deliverance came… from a side. Summer recruit arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk, the Brazilian Ismaily, after a good stint with David in the area, managed to find the way to the net from the left (1-1, 76th).
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While Nantes, which remained, before this second day, on three matches without scoring, did not offer much in front until the final whistle, Lille did not manage to make the Nantes supporters tremble again, who saw their team chain a second draw at the start of the season. For LOSC, the road will rise with the reception of PSG next Sunday.
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