18th in Ligue 1, Nantes won the first leg of the top-flight play-offs this Thursday evening against Toulouse (1-2), third in Ligue 2. The return match is scheduled for next Sunday at La Beaujoire.
Gathered by the hundreds in front of the Stadium in the early evening, the Toulouse supporters had played their role perfectly on the edge of this crucial double confrontation for the rise in Ligue 1 against Nantes. But facing the elite team, who finished in extremis in 18th place in the championship after his defeat against Montpellier (1-2), their presence in the pre-match was not enough for the third in Ligue 2, Grenoble striker in the pre-play-offs (3-0) but logically beaten on his ground this Thursday evening by upper Nantes (1-2).
With Randal Kolo Muani and Alban Lafont, returnees from the group of the France Espoirs team engaged in the final phase of the Euro category – the quarter-final of the Bleuets against the Netherlands is scheduled for May 31, the day after the return leg of the L1 / L2 dams -, Antoine Kombouaré’s FC Nantes dominated the first leg of this two-part duel, to life to death.
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Nantes will be able to thank Blas
The young French striker, tracked by OL and Eintracht Frankfurt for next season, was important during the victory of the Canaries, author of the second Nantes goal after a strike rejected by Maxime Dupé (1-2, 22nd). Before him, Ludovic Blas had also taken advantage of the approximations of the opposing defense, and wreaked havoc with his ball speed at the foot before concluding at a closed angle (10th, 0-1). If they tear their maintenance, the Canaries will be able to thank their playmaker, author of a full season with 10 league goals.
Patrice Garande’s men have too often given the baton to be beaten, and do not really deserve better in view of their performance. They never really believed in success, even after Deiver Machado’s nice equalizer from outside the area (1-1, 18th). The TFC is already seriously jeopardizing its chances of a climb, and the logic has therefore been respected. The Toulousains will have to show better if they want to jostle it on the return, scheduled for Sunday at La Beaujoire (6 p.m.).