Nantes 0-2 Brest: Brest Best Nantes So Good Maison Jaune

Written By: Abidoye Babatunde

High-flying Brest’s impressive second-half performance helped them to a fifth away league victory this season, defeating Nantes 2-0 to climb to fourth in the Ligue 1 table.

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Despite just one win in their previous six league fixtures heading into this one (D1, L4), Nantes fans would have been content with their mid-table standing, especially after avoiding relegation by a single point last campaign. Similarly, coming into the clash in sixth, Brest were pushing for an unlikely European spot with impressive form on their side (W3, D1). A low-key start to proceedings was evenly contested with clear-cut openings proving hard to come by as Florent Mollet dragged a half-chance wide of the mark.

The visitors eventually grew into the match, ending the first period largely on top, but after peppering the hosts’ goal, it was Nantes’ Moses Simon who threatened to break the deadlock with a jinking run into the box.


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In stark contrast to the first half, the second period got off to a fast start. After overcommitting, La Maison Jaune were caught short at the back, allowing Romain Del Castillo to pick out Hugo Magnetti, who showed excellent technique to find the bottom corner with a first-time effort.

The opener seemingly sparked the game into life as Nantes looked for a swift response, coming close when Quentin Merlin struck a bouncing ball narrowly wide of the far post. Despite their immediate improvement, the home side were caught cold once again as Brest doubled their lead from a corner, with Pedro Chirivella’s goalline block inadvertently giving Steve Mounié the simplest of finishes.

To their credit, Nantes rallied once more, first forcing Marco Bizot into a reaction save from Mostafa Mohamed’s strike before Simon’s close-range shot was again denied by the outstretched legs of the Brest shot-stopper. The home side had claimed twice as many points at the Stade de la Beaujoire (12) as they had away from home (6), but they looked unlikely to add to that tally as Les Pirates held firm, missing a late chance to seal it via Martín Satriano.

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A late screamer on the turn from Matthis Abline was controversially ruled out by VAR as Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side fell to defeat, leaving them 10th in Ligue 1, five points clear of the relegation play-off spot. As for Brest, victory propels them to an incredible fourth place in the table, with UEFA Champions League qualification currently a genuine possibility.

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