Moses Simon leads FC Nantes to first French Cup final in 22 years
The last time Nantes won the competition was in 2000, and Monaco hadn’t won it since 1991, setting up a tense match that brought out the best in both teams.
After a thrilling semifinal match with Monaco concluded in a 2-2 tie, Nigerian forward Moses Simon scored the winning penalty to send Nantes to the Coupe De France final.
Moses was unable to play in Nantes’ goalless draw with Metz over the weekend owing to personal reasons.
Nantes boss Antoine Koumbare reintroduced the 26-year-old to the starting lineup, demonstrating his faith in him.
Despite this, Monaco took the lead in the 12th minute thanks to a header from Guillermo Maripan. Nantes, on the other hand, had gone 14 games without losing at home, and they demonstrated their tenacity with an equalizer midway through the first half.
Kolo Muani attempted to cross the ball to Simon but Monaco ace Sidibe slid in to divert the ball into his own net and that led to the equaliser.
At halftime, the two teams remained neck and neck, but Simon came close to putting the Yellow Canaries ahead soon after the hour mark.
The Nantes starboy did a fantastic job on the left wing to create space for a powerful shot, but Monaco goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel made a spectacular stop at his near post.
However, in the 74th minute, La Beaujoire trembled as home fans erupted in applause as Samuel Moutoussamy nudged home Nantes’ second goal of the night.
But the celebrations were short-lived, as Monaco equalized through substitute Myron Boadu.
There was no winner during regulation time, therefore the game went straight to penalties.
Ben Yedder and Tchouameni both missed penalty attempts for Monaco, while Disasi and Volland both scored.
Nantes, on the other hand, scored all four of their kicks, with Simon scoring the game-winner for a 4-2 victory after Muani, Merlin, and Moutoussamy had put the Canaries in command.
Nantes will now have to wait until May to face Nice in the Coupe de France final.