The Nigerian international played a starring role as Nantes claimed this season’s Coupe de France with a narrow win over Nice.
Simon impresses again
The game itself was an end-to-end affair in the opening half, with both sides going for it. Nice had the first chance of the game, but it was Nantes that got close to finding the breakthrough.
However, they were denied two times by Marcin Bulka in Nice’s goal. The first half ended goalless, but fans did not wait for too long following the restart for a goal.
Blas’ second half strike seals it for Nantes
Nantes took the lead in the 47th-minute through Ludovic Blas’ penalty after a handball incident in the box. Blas’ penalty was the only shot on target Nantes had in the second half.
Nice tried to find their way back into the game, but Alban Lafont was solid in Nantes’ goal. With pressure mounting, Nantes manager Antoine Kombouare took off Simon for Osman Bukari in the 73rd-minute.
Although Nice piled on the pressure in the final minutes, Nantes held on for an important win. The victory means Nantes will play in Europe next season irrespective of where they finish in the Ligue 1.