After Nantes – Paris (3-1) / He sickened Neymar, Messi, Mbappé and all of PSG: Alban Lafont, the match of his life

Alban Lafont definitely likes meetings with PSG. The Nantes goalkeeper had already signaled himself during the first leg. He had already shown all his talent with decisive and spectacular parades. Unhappy on a goal against his camp from Dennis Appiah then victim of the genius of Leo Messi, the doorman of the Canaries could not avoid the defeat of his team at the end of the match (3-1). A form of injustice that Lafont magnificently repaired on the return against the Parisians. If Nantes signed a resounding victory against Paris (3-1), it is first of all to its last rampart that it owes it.

Lafont literally disgusted a PSG which nevertheless aligned its Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio. Above all, he made the necessary saves at the right time. The first in a face to face with Juan Bernat, just before the Nantes opener. His recital was launched. In turn, Messi, Mbappé, Idrissa Gueye and Neymar came up against the former Fiorentina goalkeeper in a dream first period for Nantes. Because at the same time, Quentin Merlin then Ludovic Blas, on penalty, allowed the Canaries to turn in the lead with three goals in advance at the break.

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Neymar ended up deceiving his vigilance at the start of the second half to restore hope to PSG. But Lafont was responsible for putting them out on the hour mark. By stopping a penalty from Neymar. The Nantes goalkeeper took care not to give the slightest indication to the Brazilian. He stayed still to better spring on the soft strike of the former Barcelonan, who transformed countless of them in this way. “He saved a Neymar penalty, it’s not easy“, underlined the Parisian midfielder Marco Verratti at the microphone of Canal +.

“Certainly it’s PSG, it’s more publicized…”

Afterwards, nothing could happen to him. Lafont again intervened in front of Messi, then Julian Draxler to bring his number of saves in the match to eight. And that does not take into account several well-felt outings, especially in front of Mbappé, and an imperial presence on set pieces. The Nantes captain remained in a state of grace. Without getting carried away. “I lived it like a championship gamehe relativized after the meeting. Of course it’s PSG, it’s more publicized, but it’s three points at stake.”

Quentin Merlin celebrates his goal during Nantes-PSG in Ligue 1

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Du Lafont in the text. The Canaries goalkeeper is not in his first successful game this season, and his high-class performances do not stop at meetings with PSG. He is one of the great architects of Nantes’ remarkable season, fifth in the standings after this prestigious victory. “I am very happy with my performance, I work to make these kinds of matcheshe insisted. We must try to redo as much as possible. Anyway, I’m working hard in training to make it happen again.

And it pays. Knowing how to be decisive on this type of meeting does not happen by chance. Antoine Kombouaré did not fail to point this out. “Everyone is very strong but Alban in particular, until the penalty where he ended up disgusting the attackersjudged the coach nanshut up. He is gaining momentum especially since the start of the season and if today we have this ranking, if we are very strong defensively, it has a lot to do with it. His work is to be highlighted.

Nantes takes full advantage of this. And the Canaries can rub their hands for having exercised the purchase option at 7.5 million euros for their doorman, loaned for two seasons by Fiorentina in 2019 and now linked to the Nantes club until June 2024 Against PSG, Lafont superbly played his role as leader within the formation of Kombouaré in addition to making his talents speak for themselves. The FCN holds a small gem with its 23-year-old goalkeeper. And can already prepare to see suitors appear after this masterclass against PSG.

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