Within five days, Lille had not changed anything in its plans, but the ambitious Paulo Fonseca team experienced a completely different scenario, even more tense, between receiving Auxerre (4-1), last Sunday, and this. Trip to Nantes. From a win almost achieved in three minutes, facilitated by the opponent, this time LOSC had to be patient and content themselves with a draw.
Dominants from the start, Lille struggled to contain Moses Simon in the transition. The Nigeria international, who was very close to scoring after a very good sequence that ended on the post (25), also opened the scoring shortly before the half-hour mark, alone in the far corner and on the offside, after a drift from Andrei Girotto in a corner. Nantes’ first goal this season.
Driven and nervous, the Mastiff had to wrestle with the great Alban Lafont (see below). Jonathan Bamba and Remy Kabila wouldn’t say otherwise. It finally took a solo raid from Ismaily (76), coming in at the break and well transferred by Jonathan David, to equalize, validating Fonseca’s training.
If the Portuguese tactician and his men thought they might return more than one point from the Beaujoire, they would still have to be satisfied with it. Lille, like Nantes (two draws), is undefeated after two matches.
Player: Lafont made the wall
Already impressive last weekend in Angers (0-0), he blasted four processions into the first trimester (8/10 inches the team), the Canary Islands goalkeeper still pulled out all the stopping points against Lille. He initially warmed up with a good reaction to a header from Jonathan Bamba (34), then disgusted Remy Capella twice (56 and 58). Unstoppable even the Ismaili equation…
The author of two draws in two matches, Nantes remain undefeated in 2022-2023. It is the third consecutive season that Nantes reach the third day unbeaten.