The Nantes people made the big move on Thursday. Timorous for seventy-five minutes, Antoine Kombouaré’s men won on the lawn of Olympiakos (2-0) thanks to goals from Mostafa Mohamed (79th) and Ludovic Blas (90th). The Canaries thus qualified for the play-offs of the Europa League, to the detriment of the Azerbaijanis of Qarabag, hung by Freiburg (1-1).
Nantes got scared in the first half. Without Fabio, injured at the start of the match (5th), Nantes suffered the offensives of Olympiakos. The English Josh Bowler lit the first fuse but his shot, too crushed, did not worry Alban Lafont (6th), imperial shortly after in front of El-Arabi (19th) then the same Bowler (20th). At the same time, Friborg opened the scoring at Qarabag (25th) and gave hope to the Canaries supporters.
Mostafa Mohamed, the Nantes striker, delivered a whole people upon receiving a sublime cross from Ludovic Blas (79th), author of the second goal of the game, with a subtle lob, on a pass from his teammate Mostafa Mohamed (90th). Give and take. Despite Qarabag’s equalizer at the end of the match (1-1, 90th + 2), Nantes qualified for the Europa League play-offs and can find teams transferred from the Champions League, such as FC Barcelona or Juventus. .
Against Olympiakos, Ludovic Blas was decisive four times. Two assists in the first leg at La Beaujoire (2-1, September 8) to which must be added a goal and an assist on Thursday in Greece.
The player: Imperial Alban Lafont
Less than three weeks before the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18), Alban Lafont is in international form. Thursday, the Nantes goalkeeper disgusted the Greeks, like his flight on a full skylight shot from Cameroonian midfielder Pierre Kunde (63rd). The Frenchman made five saves to keep his clean sheet.