Simon scores on debut in France

Simon scores on debut in France
Moses Simon of Nigeria challenged by Ernest Seka Boka (l) and Naby Deco Keita of Guinea during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match between Nigeria and Guinea at the Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria on the 26 June 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Sunday Aug 25, 2019. 14:00

Nigeria international Moses Simon scored an 84th minute winner on debut for Nantes in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday.


Simon, who is on-loan at the club from Spanish LaLiga side Levante, found the back of the net with six minutes of regulation time remaining as the Canaries claimed a 2-1 win away to 10-man Amiens.


The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the first half after Mali international Bakaye Dibassy received a red card.


Kalifa Coulibaly duly opened the scoring for Nantes, but Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu levelled matters for the hosts with his first goal of the campaign before Moses’ winner for Nantes followed.


Elsewhere, North African duo Farid El Melali and Rachid Alioui found the back of the net for Angers in a 3-0 thumping of Metz at Stade Jean-Bouin.


Action resumes on Sunday with defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, league leaders Lyon and bottom placed Monaco all in action.


Saturday’s Results:


Amiens 1-2 Nantes

Angers 3-0 Metz

Brest 1-0 Reims

Dijon 0-2 Bordeaux






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