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FC Nantes sinks on the lawn of Qarabağ / C3 / Gr. G / Qarabağ-Nantes (3-0) / SOFOOT.com

FC Nantes sinks on the lawn of Qarabağ / C3 / Gr. G / Qarabağ-Nantes (3-0) / SOFOOT.com

Qarabag-Nantes 3-0

Goal: Ozobic (60And), Zoubir (65And) and Jankovic (72And)

Terrible geopolitical climate in Azerbaijan and ordeal on the ground of Baku for the Canaries.

Traveling to the edge of Europe and Asia for their second Europa League match, FC Nantes ate three from Qarabağ, who had never won against a French club. It was in the second half that Antoine Kombouaré’s men lost their balance, suffering a return to earth after the thrill against Olympiakos.

On the uneven lawn of the Tofiq-Béhramov stadium, the Gialloverdi relied on Moses Simon, but the Nigerian faced Shahrudin Mahammadaliyev twice (14And and 27And). Shy at the start of the match, teammates of French winger Abdellah Zoubir (who worked for Istres FC and RC Lens) responded with Owusu Kwabena (36And) and a header from Badavi Hüseynov (43And), but Alban Lafont turned out to be imperial.

The former Téfécé goalkeeper continued his show as soon as the second half against Owusu himself (51And), but could not do anything in his third duel with the Ghanaian, put into orbit by Kady and Filip Ozobić and author of the first goal (1-0, 60And). After this blow to the head, Nantes falls: after an enormous situation in which Jean-Charles Castelletto and Sébastien Corchia save the furniture (63And), Zoubir broke with a cross shot on a Kady change, back to him (2-0, 65And)then Marko Janković planted third with a remote-controlled 25-yard shot into the side net (3-0, 72And).

A thought for the Nantes fans who crossed the continent to see him.

Qarabag (4-2-3-1): Mahammadaliyev – Vešović, Mustafazade, Guseynov, Jafarguliyev – Garayev (c) (J. Romão, 89And), Jankovic (Riccardo, 88And) – Kady, Ozobić (Sheydayev, 62And), Zoubir (Gurbanli, 90And+1) – Owusu (Leandro Andrade, 88And). Trainer : Gurban Gurbanov.

Nantes (4-4-1-1): Lafont (c) – Corchia, Castelletto, Pallois, Fábio – Ganago (Guessand, 64And), Mr. Sissoko (Chirivella, 65And), Moutoussamy (Girotto, 76And), Mr. Simon (Coco, 76And) – Blas – Mostafa Mohamed (Appiah, 84And). Trainer : Antoine Kombouare.

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