Nantes keep Lens at bay

by | 19 September, 2022 | Ligue 1 News

Nantes keep Lens at bay

Nantes keep Lens at bay

RC Lens missed out of the opportunity to claim top spot in the Ligue 1 Uber Eats table but remain unbeaten this season following Sunday’s goalless draw at FC Nantes.

Lens travelled to Nantes knowing that victory could lift them to the top of the league table, for a matter of hours at least, with Paris Saint-Germain not in action until Sunday’s late kick-off. Nantes started the brighter of the two sides, though, and Mostafa Mohamed was a matter of inches away from his third goal of the season when he fired past Brice Samba’s post (8′). Lens soon picked up the pace, though, and Jimmy Cabot forced a good save from Samba’s opposite number, Alban Lafont, with a half-volley (17′). Cabot nearly turned maker midway through the half when he teed up David Costa, but the Portuguese also saw his shot saved by the imperious Lafont (33′), and Willy Delajod’s whistle for half-time went with the deadlock intact.

Nantes began the day teetering above the relegation places, but they gave as good as they got after the restart, and Ludovic Blas came close to opening the scoring after Moses Simon found him unmarked in the box, but Samba pulled off a brilliant stop to deny him (66′). Simon was wreaking havoc down the left and another dangerous ball into the box intended for former Lens man Ignatius Ganago was cleared at the last by Massadio Haïdara (83′). Nantes, in their matching 3-4-3, ran themselves into the ground for the final spurt, and did well to earn a 0-0 draw and just their second clean sheet of the season.

[Source: ligue1.com]

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