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Moses Simon’s Nantes retain their Ligue 1 status despite Toulouse defeat

The Super Eagle star’s side will remain in the French elite division for another season after edging Patrice Garande’s men on away goals rule

Moses Simon’s Nantes will remain in Ligue 1 for another season despite their 1-0 loss to Toulouse on Sunday night.

Vakoun Bayo scored the only goal in the second leg of the relegation play-offs, although that could not help the Violets’ cause.

After recording a 2-1 first leg win at the Toulouse Stadium and a 2-2 draw overall, they progressed on the away goals rule.

With this result, Nantes will play in the French elite division for a ninth consecutive season.

Both teams performed well, but the first half produced no goals. However, Dennis Appiah and Randal Kolo Muani of Nantes were warned by referee Benoit Bastien for contrasting reasons.

Keeping in mind that nothing less than a resounding victory would be catastrophic for them, the visiting team stepped up their game in the second half.

Their persistence paid off in the 62nd minute when Bayo put Patrice Garande’s men in front.

Left unmarked in the hosts’ penalty area, the Ivorian international led the center of Amine Adli in front of a blocked goalkeeper Alban Lafont.

They pushed further for the all-important second goal, but their attacking forays were interrupted by an organized defense from Nantes.

Their ambition to increase their lead took a heavy blow in the 87th minute when they were reduced to ten after Nathan N’Goumou received his marching orders two minutes after his introduction.

The French junior international of Cameroonian and Gabonese origin received a red card for dangerous play against Cameroonian defender Jean-Charles Castelletto.

Taking advantage of the numerical disadvantage of their opponents, Antoine Kombouaré’s men held their nerves to keep their place in the French elite.

While Ghana hopeful Dennis Appiah, Castelletto and Malian Charles Traore were in action from start to finish, Nigeria international Simon was replaced by Andrei Girotto with seven minutes left.

Additionally, Kalifa Coulibaly was given a starting role, but was replaced by Marcus Regis Coco in the 65th minute.

Bayo, Ivorian hope Kelvin Adou, Kouadio Koné and French defender of Guinean origin Bafode Diakite were on the parade for Toulouse.

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