Ligue 1 21/22, Round 18 – 10/12/21
NANTES – 3 (Kolo-Muani 49, 57, Simon 90)
Alban Lafont, 4 – Excellent this season overall but he was a little rash in palming Haïdara’s early cross out into a dangerous area which resulted in Costa’s opener
Quentin Merlin, 5
Nicolas Pallois, 5
Jean-Charles Castelletto, 6
Fábio Da Silva, 4
Andrei Girotto, 6
Wylan Cyprien, 5
Pedro Chirivella, 6
Ludovic Blas, 7 – Nantes’ most lively forward throughout, it was his shot that made it 1-2 after it deflected past Lafont off Kolo-Muani’s back and he created the second with a clever reverse ball for Geubbels to get in behind.
Willem Geubbels, 5 – Nantes missed Simon but young Geubbels was solid here and it was he who raced away on the counter and squared for Kolo-Muani’s leveller.
Randal Kolo Muani, 6 – He claimed the first FCN goal thanks to a lucky deflection and slid in at the back post on the counter to equalise.
Others: Coco 5, Appiah 5, Simon 7, Moutoussamy 5
LENS – 2 (Costa 7, Kalimuendo 15)
Jean-Louis Leca, 5
Jonathan Gradit, 6 – Would have got a 7 if he hadn’t fallen for one of Simon’s pump fakes which created the space for the Nigerian to slam home the winner from the edge of the area late on. Otherwise, he was again the pick of Lens’ defenders making the most interceptions, blocks and clearances for Lens without committing a foul.
Kevin Danso, 4
Facundo Medina, 5
Yannick Cahuzac, 4
Seko Fofana, 5
Massadio Haïdara, 6
Przemysław Frankowski, 4
Florian Sotoca, 4
David Costa, 7 – Sometimes he can be a little lightweight but he was prominent here, especially before halftime, and did well to follow up Lafont’s save quickly and half-volley in the opener and it was his well-timed through ball that assisted Kalimuendo’s second.
Arnaud Kalimuendo, 6 – Calmly rounded Lafont for 2-0.
Others: Jean 5, Ganago 5, Varane 5, Boli 5, Fariñez 4.