Nantes cannot succeed

FC Nantes, hung by Metz (1-1), has still not aligned two wins in a row this season. The Lorraine, them, are undefeated for eight meetings.

The FC Nantes continues to blow hot and cold since the start of the season. The Canaries failed to initiate a positive series by winning two successes in a row. Winners in Lorient (0-2) before the international break, Christian Gourcuff’s men failed to confirm this Sunday against Metz (1-1).

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Deprived of Nicolas Pallois and Imran Louza, the Canaries nevertheless made a good start to the match, with speed and movement in the offensive sector. Dangerous a few minutes earlier (13th), Randal Kolo Muani Logically opened the scoring, on a good job from Sébastien Corchia (1-0, 29th). But Nantes failed to double the stake, despite in particular a good sequence of Ludovic Blas in the penalty area (34th). And the meeting changed to a Metz shot countered with the hand by Fabio, who offered the equalizer penalty to Aaron Leya Iseka (1-1, 45th + 4).

Metz on a beautiful series

Superior in the first period, the FCN was less domineering after the break. The Canaries had chances, of course, by Blas (53rd), Kader Bamba (60th) or even Mehdi Abeid (74th, 77th). But Metz held on well, and the Lorrainers also had the opportunity to carry out the hold-up, by Lamine Gueye (59th) or Vagner (71st). On arrival, Frédéric Antonetti’s team, 9th in the standings, obtained the point it had come for, and especially an eighth game in a row without defeat, which allows it to remain on a positive dynamic.

This is the kind of series that should appeal to the people of Nantes, 14th, and who now have two trips to negotiate: in Lens in a late match, then in Marseille next weekend.

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