Ligue 1: barrage, Nantes will play its survival against Toulouse

Beaten by Montpellier (1-2), the Nantes people will have to go through the dams to ensure their maintenance in Ligue 1. They will play their survival in the elite against Toulouse on May 27 and 30.

Ligue 1 has delivered its verdict. And it is cruel for FC Nantes, beaten (2-1) by Montpellier. Defeated for the 16th time this season, Nantes is forced to play a dam against Toulouse (May 27-30) so as not to descend to the lower echelon, where Nîmes and Dijon are already waiting for him, assured of playing in Ligue 2 the next season. The epilogue is all the more difficult to swallow for the Nantes people as they had reacted perfectly to the opening of the score of Gaëtan Laborde ((31st), after a penalty from Delort rejected by Lafont.


On a deviation from Kalifa Coulibaly, one of the revelations of the season on the Nantes side, Randal Kolo Muani, immediately revived his team with a powerful volley of the right foot (33rd) in this somewhat crazy match where the two teams were completely delivered, without fear, with the sole desire to rush into the attack to score as many goals as possible. Nantes needed a win, or even a draw that could have been enough for them, but they failed to hold this favorable result, losing to the wire.

A decision by Ruddy Buquet will undoubtedly make a lot of talk in the coming hours, while Marcus Coco could certainly have benefited from a penalty after a more than limit intervention by Damien Le Tallec (78th). Andy Delort had just given the advantage to his team (76th), and the match could have changed for the second time in a short time during an evening when the emotional tension was at its height. But the referee of the meeting finally changed his mind after awarding the penalty.


In front of the screen at the edge of the pitch, Mr. Buquet hesitated several times, but his last decision was to reverse his first judgment, and therefore not to award the penalty, which could have allowed the Canaries to ensure their maintenance in extremis. Antoine Kombouaré’s late arrival in the spring gave the Canaries a boost and allowed Nantes to end a record series of 16 games without a win after the Domenech fiasco. Carried by an offensive sector which had been running at full speed for four matches, Nantes believed in it until the end. In vain.

What is due, a possible relegation … Saved despite his defeat (0-2) against PSG, Brest virtually occupied the barrage position, just like Lorient. Almost condemned to a truce, the Hakes fought against their recurring difficulties away from home (10 points taken this season) to snatch a draw (1-1) in Strasbourg, a direct competitor, and obtain their maintenance at the end of ‘a very closed match, one that should not be lost. Even in the event of defeat, Bordeaux and Reims had little chance of falling to 18th place. Quickly led to the score, the Girondins ended up winning (2-1), and seized 12th place.


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