Nantes sank in Baku, and its first victory was not confirmed

The return journey is longer than the outward journey for the people of Nantes…

FCN lost 3-0 in Azerbaijan against Qarabag, with three goals conceded in twelve minutes. The gap may not be so big in a less exciting game, but the home players deserved their victory thanks to a second period that was more watchable than the first.

Zoubir also left his place

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

The first scorer of the game will come out

Owusu was replaced by Leandro Andrade. Jankovic, third scorer, gave way to Richard Almeida. And Romao (Brazilian, no connection) entered the place of Qarayev.

And it’s a bad start for Monaco too…

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Appiah replaced Mohamed

Kombouaré probably managed more to watch the game at the weekend than to try a tactical move.

Nantes can’t do it

Two headers from a corner went over in quick succession.

“Who doesn’t jump not Nantes!”

Despite the score, we still heard the supporters of France. Because of the length of the trip, it would be foolish to stop singing.

Qarabag managed well

Unfortunately for the performance, as the locals kept the ball well to maintain their three goal lead.

New Nantes double change

Moutoussamy and Simon were replaced by Girotto and Coco.

AND 3-0…

Jankovic can arm his shot from far low to the ground after a corner. This is Qarabag’s third goal in 12 minutes…

Nantes tried to react

The Canaries are increasingly gaining a corner. Mohamed took the lead, but the ball landed on the “roof” of the goal.


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

Nantes double change

Ganago and Sissoko were replaced by Guessand and Chirivella.


How did Qarabag fail that? After a first shot was pushed back, a point-blank shot was saved by a tackle from Corchia.

Sheydaev replaces Ozobic

We allow you to analyze the tactical impact of this change.


Nantes was Nantes on the hour mark, with a full axis shift for Ghana who quietly adjusted to Lafont. The trap closes the Canaries.

It started again with a more animated rhythm

We don’t know if we should be happy about this for Nantes, because Qarabag seemed more on his feet in the first minutes, but for the performance it is good news.

Lafont had to intervene…

Qarabag is more dangerous. Zoubir struck the entrance above. His strike was deflected (no-handed by the Azeri) by Pallois, dragged by Uwusu but Lafont rose again.

It’s back in Baku!

We hope for a livelier second episode. There are no changes in the break.

0-0 at the break!

Let’s not lie to each other: we can easily forget this first episode. Simon tried to let it go, but in the end it was Lafont who had to make the decision to prevent Nantes from returning to the locker room with a nasty surprise.


Huseynov was alone at the far post with a free kick and forced the Nantes goalkeeper into a difficult save with a header. FCN isn’t so bad, after all.

Friborg on track with 6 points

The German club leads 0-2 against Olympiacos in the other group game.


Pallois was eliminated by Owusu, who attempted a possibly too ambitious dive. Lafont was still standing and kept going back.

Simon really has legs

He always gets rid of his side, even if it doesn’t always lead to something. After his center back, Fabio sent a shot from the soft of the goalkeeper’s glove.


The Nigerian attacked and also put the Qarabag goalkeeper to work from a tight angle.

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

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Zoubir struck his left side

His center backs were pushed again, but Qarabag started to come out more. Attention.

Castelletto stopped a cross with a header

The Azeri club is not dangerous at the moment, but we feel that it will be easy to continue if they have a chance.

Dry cleaners in Nantes are very close to paying

Mustafazade didn’t know what to do with the ball and was forced to run back to his keeper. Nantes striker Mohamed felt the blow and came out, but his control left six meters.


Continue to the left full of spontaneity in the corner of the face. Magomedaliyev may have been surprised, but managed to clear both fists.

Sissoko always knows how to accelerate

Great power in his handling of the ball, although his passes into the box are quickly turned back.

Construction is difficult

The game was closed: neither team was able to be sharp, between the lack of space and technical errors.

Freiburg is ahead against Olympiacos in the other group game

The Germans have almost 6 points.

First corner for Nantes

Qarabag almost resisted, but Moutoussamy had the strength needed to allow Pallois to return in peace.

First sign of the Nantes component

The Canaries are four at the back, and we know the position of the side: Fabio loses his support on the left side, Corchia clears the center on the right.

Let’s go!

The kick given by Nantes, all yellow.

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The teams are on the pitch

The stadium was not completely full, but was well stocked nonetheless. And there are plenty of phone lights as players enter. 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 was especially shocking for the Nantes delegation at the Tofiq Barhamov stadium. No music was broadcast in honor of the victims of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia that continued in recent days in the north of the country.

But there are around 30,000 people in the enclosure but there is almost no motivation for the players of the club. There was not a minute of silence before the opposite of the Qarabag club’s wishes began. UEFA refused this tribute, the stadium was completely silent for a minute after the start. A hundred Nantes supporters have been warned, it remains to be seen what their attitude will be. Fifteen minutes from kick-off, they did not enter the stadium.

Pierre-Yves Leroux of Qarabag

The composition of Qarabag

With Abdellah Zoubir in particular, the rotating French was especially passed by Lens. 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.

Substitutes: Gugeshavili, Ramazanov, Romao, Almeida, Andrade, Ibrahimibili, Gurbanli, Bayramov, Huseynov, Sheidaev, Akhundzade.

The Nantes eleven!

To see how FC Nantes survive. It could be 4-2-3-1, or even a three-man defense with Fabio or Corchia in an axial role and Simon in piston.

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

Substitutes: 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 trip to Azerbaijan, a country affected by the border conflict with Armenia.

The people of Nantes will want to confirm their big win in stoppage time against Olympiacos and make a big splash before the double confrontation against Fribourg.

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