The return trip will be even longer than the outward journey for the inhabitants of Nantes …
FCN lost 3-0 in Azerbaijan to Qarabag, with three goals conceded in twelve minutes. Probably the gap was not so great in a not very exciting game, but the home players deserved the victory thanks to a second period that was more watchable than the first.
Zoubir also renounces his post
The Frenchman, second scorer of the match (all of them gone), was replaced by Gurbanli at the start of 5 minutes of added time.
The first scorer of the match comes out
Owusu is replaced by Leandro Andrade. Jankovic, third scorer, gives way to Richard Almeida. And enter Romao (Brazilian, no connection) in Qarayev’s place.
And it’s a bad start for Monaco too …
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Appiah replaces Mohamed
Kombouaré probably succeeds more in view of the match of the weekend that does not attempt a tactical move.
Nantes cannot do that
Two corner headers pass in quick succession.
“Who doesn’t jump isn’t Nantes!”
Despite the score, the French fans still feel. Given the length of the journey, it would be foolish to stop singing.
Qarabag is doing well
Unfortunately for the show, as the locals hold the ball well to keep their three-goal lead.
New Nantes double gearbox
Moutoussamy and Simon are replaced by Girotto and Coco.
AND IT’S 3-0 …
Jankovic can cock his shot from a short distance to the ground after a corner kick. It’s Qarabag’s third goal in 12 minutes …
Nantes tries to react
The Canaries in particular get a corner. Mohamed takes the lead, but the ball lands on the “roof” of the goal.
Ouch, QARABAG TAKES A BREAK …
Zoubir does not need to force his shot to beat Lafont, who is a little too advanced from a tight angle. 2-0 in 5 minutes …
Nantes double change
Ganago and Sissoko are replaced by Guessand and Chirivella.
LITTLE MIRACLE FOR NANTES!
How did Qarabag not see it? After a first rejected shot, a point blank shot is saved by a tackle from Corchia.
Sheydaev replaces Ozobic
We let you analyze the tactical impact of this change.
OWUSU OPENS THE SCORE!
Nantes cracked at the hour mark, with a complete shift of the axis for the Ghanaian who quietly regulates Lafont. The trap is closed in the Canaries.
It started again on a more animated rhythm
We don’t know if we should be happy for Nantes, as Qarabag seems more upright in these first few minutes, but for the show it’s good news.
Lafont has yet to intervene …
Qarabag is increasingly dangerous. Zoubir hits the entrance to the surface. His shot is rejected (without the hand claimed by the Azeris) by Pallois, Uwusu drags but Lafont gets up.
He’s back in Baku!
We hope for a second, more lively period. No changes during the break.
0-0 at the interval!
We are not going to lie to each other: we will soon forget this first period. Simon tried to animate him, but in the end it was Lafont who had to be decisive in preventing Nantes from returning to the locker room with a nasty surprise.
THE DECISIVE FONT!
Huseynov is alone at the far post on a free-kick and forces the Nantes goalkeeper to a difficult header save. The FCN is not doing so badly in the end.
Freiburg on track to get 6 points
The German club lead 0-2 against Olympiacos in the other match of the group.
LAFONT’S FIRST SPEECH!
Pallois is eliminated by Owusu, who tries a perhaps too ambitious dive. Lafont is still standing and pushing back.
Simone really has legs
It often eliminates on his side, even if it doesn’t always lead to something. After his central defender, Fabio sends a too soft shot into the goalkeeper’s gloves.
SIMON HOSTS THIS FIRST HALF HOUR!
The Nigerian hits and puts the Qarabag goalkeeper back into play from a tight angle.
Monaco also plays at 18:45.
It’s not very lively here, so let’s keep an eye on the other matches.
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Zoubir strikes to his left
His central defender is again rejected, but Qarabag starts coming out more and more. Caution.
Castelletto heads off a cross
The Azerbaijani club is not dangerous at the moment, but we believe it can move forward quickly when given the opportunity.
Nantes dry cleaners are very close to paying
Mustafazade doesn’t know what to do with the ball and is forced to run back to his goalkeeper. Nantes striker Mohamed felt the blow and emerged, but his control left six meters.
SIMON LIGHTS UP THE STAMP!
Shot of the left full of spontaneity at the corner of the surface. Magomedaliyev could have been surprised, but he manages to fend off with both punches.
Sissoko always knows how to accelerate
Nice power on the ball, even if his pass into the area is then rejected.
It is difficult to build
The match is quite closed: no team manages to be sharpened, between lack of space and technical errors.
Freiburg are already leading against Olympiacos in the other match of the group
The Germans have practically 6 points.
First corner for Nantes
Qarabag is very close to going upstream, but Moutoussamy has the intensity needed to allow Pallois to re-enter and free.
First indication on the Nantes component
The Canaries are four behind, and we know the positioning of the team: Fabio has lost support on the left, Corchia has freed the center on the right.
Here we go !
Kick-off given by Nantes, all in yellow.
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The teams are on the pitch
The stadium is not completely full, but still well stocked. And there are a lot of phone lights when players enter. The UEFA anthem was booed in protest at the absence of a minute of silence.
A very special atmosphere in Qarabag
A few minutes before the start of the Qarabag-Nantes match, the atmosphere particularly surprised the Nantes delegation at the Tofiq Barhamov stadium. No music is broadcast out of respect for the victims of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which was resumed in recent days in the north of the country.
There are still nearly 30,000 people in the compound but hardly any encouragement for the club’s players. There will be no minute of silence before kick-off contrary to the wishes of the Qarabag club. As UEFA has refused this tribute, the stadium will be completely silent for one minute after kick-off. The hundred supporters of Nantes have been warned, it remains to be seen what their attitude will be. Fifteen minutes before kick-off, they did not enter the stadium.
Pierre-Yves Leroux in Qarabag
The composition of Qarabag
With in particular Abdellah Zoubir, a pirouette Frenchman in particular overtaken by Lens. The Romao on the bench, on the other hand, is a Brazilian who has nothing to do with the former OM player.
Qarabag: Magomedaliyev – Vesovic, Mustafazade, Huseynov, Jafarguliyev – Garayev, Jankovic – Borges, Ozobic, Zoubir – Owusu.
Substitutions: Gugeshavili, Ramazanov, Romao, Almeida, Andrade, Ibrahimibili, Gurbanli, Bayramov, Huseynov, Sheidaev, Akhundzade.
The Eleven of Nantes!
To see how FC Nantes will come to life. It can be a 4-2-3-1, or even a three-way defense with Fabio or Corchia in the axial role and Simon in the piston.
Nantes: Lafont – Fabio, Castelletto, Pallois, Corchia – Sissoko, Moutoussamy – Ganago, Blas, Simon – Mohamed.
Substitutions: Descamps, Petric, Girotto, Appiah, Merlin, Coco, Chirivella, Guessand, Bamba.
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Kick-off at 6:45 pm for this match after a long journey to Azerbaijan, in a country affected by a conflict on the border with Armenia.
The people of Nantes want to confirm their big win in injury time against Olympiacos and take a big leap before the double confrontation against Freiburg.