LILLE – 1 (Yilmaz 9)
Ivo Grbić, 5
Zeki Çelik, 5
Tiago Djaló, 4 – He was more than a little embarrassed by Blas who outmuscled him to turn and eventually fire home the equaliser, but he did partly make up for it with a key interception on a through ball for Simon who would have likely scored otherwise.
José Fonte, 5
Reinildo Mandava, 5
Benjamin André, 6
Amadou Onana, 4
Jonathan Bamba, 6 – His quiet resurgence continues after a dire 2021 as a whole. His intensity and positivity on the ball have noticeably amped up of late and it was his run and cross that assisted Yilmaz’s goal.
Jonathan Ikone, 4
Jonathan David, 3 – The league’s top scorer was handled surprisingly well by Pallois and Girotto and rounded off a frustrating display by seeing his late penalty saved.
Burak Yılmaz, 6 – Despite a markedly diminished output this season, the criticism he’s received has been harsh as his bullish persistence continues to make things happen for a very inconsistent side, as was the case here. An unstoppable volley gave his team an early lead.
Others: Sanches 5, Yazici 5, Weah 5, Lihadji 5.
NANTES – 1 (Blas 24)
Alban Lafont, 7 – There wasn’t much he could do about Yilmaz’s bullet of a volley and continued an assured season with another solid display. The highlight of which was a leaping penalty save from David to preserve the draw late on.
Quentin Merlin, 5
Nicolas Pallois, 7 – His typically physical display nullified David’s threat throughout while helping to keep the usually prominent Yilmaz at arms length for much of the game too. Excellent overall.
Andrei Girotto, 6
Fábio Da Silva, 3 – Fired an early shot off the post but foolishly, with VAR watching, pulled André’s shirt to concede the penalty and was duly sent off.
Wylan Cyprien, 4
Samuel Moutoussamy, 6
Pedro Chirivella, 6
Ludovic Blas, 7 – Produced a brilliant run and finish for leveller, having dispatched Djalo, in a game of few chances for Nantes.
Moses Simon, 5
Randal Kolo Muani, 4
Others: Coco 5, Appiah 5.
Ligue 1 21/22, Round 15 – 27/11/21