Ocam­pos snatches win at in­jury-hit Nantes

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS in­jury spate in the first half hour.

Right back Leo Dubois had al­ready been de­clared un­fit just be­fore the game forc­ing Ranieri to re­or­gan­ise his start­ing eleven.

And the Ital­ian was de­spair­ing as mid­fielder Valentin Rongier suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury early and was forced off fol­lowed by striker Yacine Bam­mou and mid­fielder Alexan­der Ka­caniklic – both with mus­cle prob­lems.

“It’s the first time in my ca­reer that I’ve had to change three play­ers in 25 min­utes,” de­clared a frus­trated Ranieri.

“Luck isn’t on our side right now. But their re­place­ments were good and the sec­ond half was very good.”

Nantes held on largely thanks to goal­keeper Ciprian Tataru­sanu, who ar­rived this sum­mer from Fiorentina, and pulled off six saves in the first half.

There was re­lief when Flo­rian Thau­vin’s late goal was re­fused as off­side but the Ro­ma­nian goal­keeper was un­able to pre­vent Ar­gen­tine Ocam­pos at the far post from get­ting through on 86 min­utes.

The Ca­naries missed two golden chances to snatch a point with two quick-fire Emil­iano Sala head­ers hit­ting the post.

Toulouse, mean­while, got back to win­ning ways for the first time since April 2 with Swedish in­ter­na­tional Jimmy Dur­maz’s con­verted penalty seal­ing a 1-0 win at home against Mont­pel­lier.

Else­where Angers won 2-0 at Amiens with Bordeaux beat­ing Metz by the same score­line at home.

On Fri­day, Nice suf­fered their sec­ond set­back fall­ing 2-1 at home to pro­moted Troyes to dampen con­fi­dence ahead of this week’s Cham­pi­ons League play­off at Napoli.

The Riviera out­fit, third last sea­son, were with­out their two star play­ers, the in­jured Mario Balotelli and new Dutch sign­ing Wes­ley Snei­jder, who watched from the stands.

Lyon fol­lowed on last week­end’s 4-0 thump­ing of Stras­bourg with a 2-1 win at Rennes.

Mean­while, all eyes will be on Ney­mar’s much-hyped Paris Saint Ger­main de­but late yes­ter­day at Brit­tany side Guingamp af­ter his world record move from Barcelona. AFP


Nantes’ Adrien Thomas­son (right) shoots un­der a chal­lenge from Mar­seille’s Adil Rami in their Ligue 1 match at Beau­joire Stadium on Satur­day.

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