FC Nantes, very disappointing, lost heavily 3 goals to 0 in Baku against Qarabag, champion of Azerbaijan, Thursday during the second day of the Europa League. Winners at home to Olympiakos (2-1) on the first day, Antoine Kombouaré’s players find themselves third in group G, overtaken by their opponent of the day (2nd) on goal difference.
During the next day, October 6, the Nantes will make a trip which promises to be perilous in Fribourg, first in the group with two victories. Thursday in Baku, Kombouaré had chosen to leave on the bench Evann Guessand, Quentin Merlin, Denis Appiah, Andrei Girotto and Pedro Chirivella, holders last Sunday during the defeat in Lorient (3-2). Ludovic Blas, on the other hand, was back in the starting XI.
Three goals in twelve minutes
Nantes captain Alban Lafont delayed the deadline for a long time with a few class saves (36th, 43rd, 51st), but he ended up giving in to the clear domination of the enemy, accentuated by the lack of combativeness and imagination of the Canaries. Only Simon Moses, on his left side, was able to carry the danger, but without concluding (14th, 27th). Because things quickly went wrong for the Nantes, who conceded three goals in twelve minutes!
Ghanaian international Owusu Kwabena first opened the scoring at the end of a good three-way combination with Brazilian Kady and Frenchman Abdellah Zoubir, former Lensois (60th). A goal that seemed to knock out the Canaries, who therefore took on water from all sides.
Thus, after another rescue in disaster, Nantes conceded a second goal by Zoubir, with a cross shot from the left at ground level (65th). And seven minutes later the Montenegrin Marko Jankovic, free from any marking, gave more scope to the victory of his team with a shot from the left from outside the penalty area, on which Lafont could not do anything.
A very worrying result for the men of Kombouaré, already disappointing in the league with only one victory to their credit for three draws and three defeats.