Moses Simon stars as FC Nantes wins French Cup

Moses was outstanding for the Yellow Canaries, offering a threat to the Nice defense while also assisting on defense.

FC Nantes have won the French Cup for the first time in 22 years on Saturday, defeating Nice 1-0 in the final at the Stade de France.

Ludovic Blas’s early second half goal was enough to earn Nantes the club’s first major trophy since 2001.

Moses was outstanding for the Yellow Canaries, offering a threat to the Nice defense while also assisting on defense.

Alban Lafont, Andrei Girotto, Nicolas Pallois, Pedro Chirivella, Ludovic Blas, Marcus Coco, Samuel Moutoussamy, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Randal Kolo Muani, Moses Simon, Quentin Merlin, Fabio, Roli Pereira de Sa, Kalifa Coulibaly, Wylan Cyprien, Dennis Appiah, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Sebastien Corchia, and Osman Bukari of FC Nantes celebrating the win of the cup during the Coupe de France match between OGC Nice and FC Nantes at Stade de France on May 7, 2022 in Saint-Denis, France.

He had ten crosses, 28 touches, and three chances created. In the 73rd minute, he was substituted for Ghanaian international Osman Bukari.

Some days ago, the Nigerian was also named FC Nantes’ April player of the month for his blistering performances.

Nantes have now won the French Cup four times and have also qualified for Europe for the first time in two decades, earning a spot in the Europa League.

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Moses Simon leads FC Nantes to first French Cup final in 22 years

After a thrilling semifinal match against Monaco ended in a 2-2 tie, Simon scored the penalty to send Nantes to the Coupe De France final.

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.

FC Nantes celebrate reaching the Coupe de France final
FC Nantes celebrate reaching the Coupe de France final
Photo via Twitter/Simon27Moses

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. 

Moses Simon’s stats from the game

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.

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