Europa League: Nantes sinks in Baku, and does not confirm its first victory

Europa League: Nantes sinks in Baku, and does not confirm its first victory

The return journey will be even longer than the outward one for Nantes…

FCN lost 3-0 in Azerbaijan against Qarabag, conceding three goals in twelve minutes. The difference was probably not that great in a game that was not very exciting, but the home players deserved their victory thanks to a second half that was more visible than the first.

Zoubir also gives up his place

The Frenchman, the second scorer of the game (they were all out), was replaced by Gurbanli at the start of 5 minutes of added time.

The first scorer of the game comes out

Owusu is replaced by Leandro Andrade. Jankovic, third scorer, makes way for Richard Almeida. And Romao (Brazilian, offline) enters instead of Qarayev.

And it’s a bad start for Monaco too…

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Appiah replaces Mohamed

Kombouaré probably drives more heading into the weekend’s game than he tries a tactical play.

Nantes can’t do it

Two headers from a corner pass in quick succession.

“Who does not jump is not Nantes!”

Despite the score, we still hear from the French fans. Given the length of the trip, it would be foolish to stop singing.

Qarabag manages well

Unfortunately for the show, as the hosts handle the ball well to maintain their three-goal lead.

New Nantes double change

Moutoussamy and Simon are replaced by Girotto and Coco.

AND IT’S 3-0…

Jankovic can build his low and low shot after a corner. It’s Qarabag’s third goal in 12 minutes…

Nantes tries to react

The Canaries notably get a corner. Mohamed takes the lead, but the ball lands on the “roof” of the goal.


Zoubir doesn’t need to force his shot to beat Lafont, too far forward from a tight angle. 2-0 in 5 minutes…

Double change from Nantes

Ganago and Sissoko are replaced by Guessand and Chirivella.


How come Qarabag missed that? After a first shot deflected, a point-blank shot is saved by a Corchia tackle.

Sheydaev replaces Ozobic

We let you analyze the tactical impact of this change.


Nantes cracked on the hour of play, with a complete axis change for the Ghanaian who calmly adjusted Lafont. The trap has been closed on the Canary Islands.

It started again with a more lively rhythm.

We don’t know if we should be happy for Nantes, as Qarabag seems more on their feet in these first few minutes, but for the show it’s good news.

Lafont still has to intervene…

Qarabag is increasingly dangerous. Zoubir hits at the entrance to the surface. His blow is parried (without the hand claimed by the Azeris) by Pallois, Uwusu drags but Lafont surges again.

He’s back in Baku!

We look forward to a livelier second term. No change at rest.

0-0 at halftime!

We are not going to lie to ourselves: we will quickly forget this first period. Simon tried to cheer him on, but in the end it was Lafont who had to be decisive to prevent Nantes from returning to the locker room with a bad surprise.


Huseynov is left alone at the far post from a free kick and forces the Nantes goalkeeper into a not-so-easy header. The FCN is not doing so badly, after all.

Freiburg on the way to 6 points

The German club beat Olympiacos 0-2 in the other group match.


Pallois is eliminated by Owusu, who attempts a probably too ambitious dive. Lafont is still on his feet and pushes back.

Simon really has legs.

It often removes from your side, even if it doesn’t always lead to anything. After the center behind him, Fabio sends a shot too weak in the goalkeeper’s gloves.


He hits the Nigerian and puts the Qarabag goalkeeper back to work from a tight angle.

Monaco also plays at 6:45 p.m.

It’s not very lively here, so we keep an eye on the other matches.

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Zoubir hits on his left side

His center back is pushed back again, but Qarabag starts to come out more and more. Attention.

Castelletto deflects a cross with a header

The Azeri club is not dangerous at the moment, but we believe that they can move forward quickly when they get the chance.

Nantes dry cleaner very close to pay

Mustafazade doesn’t know what to do with the ball and is forced to run towards his goalkeeper. Nantes striker Mohamed felt the blow and came out, but his control went six meters away.


Resumption of the left full of spontaneity in the corner of the surface. Magomedaliyev might have been surprised, but manages to clear with both fists.

Sissoko always knows how to accelerate

Good power in his grip on the ball, even if his pass into the box is then parried.

it is difficult to build

The game is quite close: neither team manages to be sharp, between lack of space and technical errors.

Freiburg already leads against Olympiacos in the other group match

The Germans have practically 6 points.

First corner for Nantes

Qarabag is very close to going against it calmly, but Moutoussamy has the intensity to allow Pallois to come back and clear.

First indication on the Nantes component

Canarias is well four behind, and we know the position of the side: Fabio has lost support on the left wing, Corchia has cleared the center on the right.

He went !

Kick-off given by Nantes, all in yellow.

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The teams are on the field

The stadium is not completely full, but it is well stocked. And there are a lot of phone lights during the entrance of the players. The UEFA anthem was whistled in protest at the absence of a minute’s 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. Music is not broadcast out of respect for the victims of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia that has resumed in recent days in the north of the country.

There are, however, about 30,000 people in the arena but hardly any encouragement for the club’s players. There will be no minute’s silence before kick-off contrary to the wishes of the Qarabag club. UEFA having refused this tribute, the stadium will be completely silent for one minute after kick-off. The hundred Nantes fans have been warned, it remains to be seen what their attitude will be. Fifteen minutes after kick-off, they did not enter the stadium.

Pierre-Yves Leroux in Qarabag

The composition of Qarabag

With, in particular, Abdellah Zoubir, the rotating Frenchman in particular passed through Lens. The Romao on the bench, on the other hand, is a Brazilian who has nothing to do with the former OM player.

Karabag: Magomedaliyev – Vesovic, Mustafazade, Huseynov, Jafarguliyev – Garayev, Jankovic – Borges, Ozobic, Zoubir – Owusu.

Replacements: 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 defense of three with Fabio or Corchia in the axial role and Simón in the piston.

Nice: Lafont – Fabio, Castelletto, Pallois, Corchia – Sissoko, Moutoussamy – Ganago, Blas, Simon – Mohamed.

Replacements: Descamps, Petric, Girotto, Appiah, Merlin, Coco, Chirivella, Guessand, Bamba.

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This match will begin at 6:45 p.m. after a long trip to Azerbaijan, a country affected by a conflict on the border with Armenia.

Nantes want to reaffirm their great victory in added time against Olympiacos and make a big splash before the double matchup against Freiburg.

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