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Simon Bags Assist Helps Nantes Defeat Mbappe, Neymar, Messi Inspired PSG 

Simon Bags Assist Helps Nantes Defeat Mbappe, Neymar, Messi Inspired PSG 

Moses Simon was in scintillating form as he bagged an assist which saw Nantes defeat Paris St-Germain 3-1 in the Ligue 1 on Saturday night.

PSG lost in the league for just the second time this season as Nantes profited from a superb opening 45 minutes to upset the leaders.

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Simon was very influential in the first half with an assist, one shot, three chances created and 2/3 successful crosses.

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It is Nantes’ third consecutive win while for PSG it is a first loss since they were knocked out of the French Cup by Nice on penalties on January 31.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side – unbeaten in Ligue 1 since October – fell behind to a smart Randal Kolo Muani finish on four minutes thanks to Simon’s assist.

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In the 16th minute Nantes doubled their lead through Quentin Merlin before Ludovic Blas slammed in a penalty in six minutes of first half added time.

Just two minutes into the second half Neymar pulled a goal back for PSG off an assist from Lionel Messi.

PSG had another glorious chance to reduce the deficit after they were awarded a penalty but Neymar saw his effort saved on 59 minutes by Alban Lafont.

Mbappe missed another superb opportunity when a loose ball fell his way seven yards out and Nantes keeper Lafont was again on hand to turn away a late strike from Julian Draxler.

Nantes jump from 10th to fifth in Ligue 1, while Marseille can cut the gap to PSG at the top to 10 points if they beat Clermont at home on Sunday.

By James Agberebi

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 16
  • Richie 10 months ago

    One of his most memorable outputs EVER in that Nantes outfit!!
    He made Wijnaldum look like a NPFL rookie defender 😀

    Definitely, this guy isn’t staying in France beyond this Summer (except he’s just doing it for their fans)…if he can churn out this display in the hot presence of MBAPPE, NEYMAR & MESSI; then, my brother, YOUR MARKEEET DON SET BE THAT!

     
    • Richie 10 months ago

      *Marquinhos NOT Wijnaldum actually …..though they both saw pepper in different ways still lol

       
  • Edoman 10 months ago

    This guy will crush Ghana for Nigeria.

     
  • MONKEY POST 10 months ago

    Apart from king Ighalo and Osimehn walking straight into the team thereby displacing Awoniyi or Umar then with maybe one or two changes, mehn we are retaining that squad that beat Egypt against Ghana!!

     
    • Iheanacho self will drop. I still believe Iwobi is better than him in that role just that he adds goals to his but not very supportive to strikers and too slow lots of times and losing the ball with bad control. With our 9 in Osimhen or Ighalo, Iwobi can do a more link up play job. Olayinka was even better in the last match when he was linking up well with Umar.

       
      • I forgot Iwobi has a red card but Eguavoen needs to find another player to compete with Iheanacho because he can be selfish at times when he is playing the role and his control or passes is suspicious.

         
        • Mahmud Shuaib 10 months ago

          I love your thoughts TOLS.

          But we need not worry if EGUAVOEN can be BOLD to tweak his formation and play to the players strengths.

          IMHO, I will push ARIBO upfront to support the trio of OSIMHEN/AWONIYI (I pray VO9 stays fit), SIMON and CHUKWUEZE (I believe time is too short to play new players like LOOKMAN or DENNIS)

          The DM double pivot should feature NDIDI and the returning ETEBO (he’s better than ARIBO in that role by a mile!)

          The back 4 stays…AINA, SANUSI, EKONG and BALOGUN

          The goalkeeping conundrum continues…

          I wont place my trust on MADUKA (aside being LIGHTWEIGHT, the recent AFCON debacle will be playing in his psyche)

          I will go with UZOHO between the sticks.

          Hopefully when we qualify, we can bring in ADELEYE, DENNIS, AMOO, LOOKMAN, BASSEY, SAMUEL KALU.

          I HONESTLY wish we can convince ADABIOYO…our CB is thin on quality. BALOGUN will soon be 34 before QATAR 2022 and with age and all his injury HISTORY won’t be a reliable source at that part of the field.

           
        • The premiership awaits you moses simon.

           
  • MONKEY POST 10 months ago

    Apart from king Ighalo and Osimehn walking straight into the team thereby displacing Awoniyi or Umar then with maybe one or two changes, mehn we are retaining that squad that beat Egypt against Ghana!!

     
  • Four four two 10 months ago

    It’s best my imagination why none of the big teams has come him. Is there something wrong with Nigerian players that the big clubs hold against us. I believe if Simon was from Senegal, Algeria, Guinea or even mali then bayern, Madrid, man it’s or Liverpool will have chasing him. I’m suspecting a conspiracy against Niger playerz

     
    • Abraham Nwokenta 10 months ago

      They dont trust the age of Nigerians. The bastard government refuse to register all birth with a national ID number to carry from birth to death and therefore any age coming out of Nigeria is not real. Simple!

       
    • It’s not the conspiracy but the Nigerian mentality…… Nigerian players are not ready to challenge themselves in top teams……They prefer a small team that will pay them a hefty salary with no challenge for glory as long as they stroll into the National team and their shirt is waiting for them without challenge……..Big clubs like Bayern Barcelona Juventus expect alot from you and you need to prove yourself over and over again to earn big there……..You have to fight for shirts in big clubs on a weekly bases which most Nigerian players avoid like a plague…….These big clubs actually come for them but the fault is mostly with our players.

       
    • Chinenye 10 months ago

      Consistency is the fact! Majourity of our players are not consistent hence the big teans don’t go for them. They shine today and fades tomorrow. If Moses Simon can be consistent with his current form then why not? You look at the likes of Chukwueze, Iwobi, Samuel Kalue same old stories! Play well today drop a stinker tomorrow. This is a good reason Iwobi couldn’t remain at Arsenal

       
  • MONKEY POST 10 months ago

    I tell you man.. The person I thought would break the jinx was Ighalo. His loan move to United. We were thinking the move was gonna open doors for some of these young lads. But was surprised that man u couldn’t make it permanent even after all his eye stunning performances. Dude was barely used for any premier league game. Only Europa.

     
  • MONKEY POST 10 months ago

    I tell you man.. The person I thought would break the jinx was Ighalo. His loan move to United. We were thinking the move was gonna open doors for some of these young lads. But was surprised that man u couldn’t make it permanent even after all his eye stunning performances. Dude was barely used for any premier league game. Only Europa.

     
  • The problem of nigeria players is lack of self belief and confidence of which affected their thinking i just want them to know that all human are equal the moment they start to change their thinking the moment they start to compete in a kind of high level then again some times some of this player lost focused and become indisipline when you take look at the guys who are on top of their game is because they put this things in their game discipline, focus, hard working, self belief, confidence, etc.