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Simon scores winning goal as Nantes edge Reim

06:28 GMT 14/02/2022
Moses Simon - Nantes
The Nigeria winger was the hero for the hosts at the Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau

Moses Simon scored the only goal that gave Nantes a 1-0 victory over Reims in a French Ligue 1 game on Sunday.

The pacy Super Eagles star broke the deadlock for the Canaries in the 17th minute and the strike inspired the hosts back to winning ways after they lost their league match to Strasbourg.

Three minutes before Simon's opener, Morocco defender Younis Abdelhamid was shown a straight red card.

Simon has now scored three goals after 20 appearances in the French top-flight this season and he also has six assists to his name in the competition.

He saw 73 minutes of action before he was replaced by Jean Augustin while Cameroon's Jean-Charles Castelletto played the entire duration of the game for Antoine Kombouare's side.

Simon has been impressive in recent weeks and he played a starring role in Nigeria's unsuccessful outing at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The 26-year-old scored a goal and also provided an assist as the Super Eagles bowed out of the competition after a 1-0 loss to Tunisia in the Round of 16.

Following Sunday's result, Nantes climbed to ninth in the Ligue 1 table with 35 points after 24 matches while Reims dropped to 14th position with 27 points.

“After the defeat in Strasbourg, we react with qualification for the Coupe de France and victory today, even if difficult in 2nd half,” Kombouare told the club's website.

“In the first half, we are very high with aggressive pressing. We opened the scoring, but we have trouble against this good defence. We lacked precision and accuracy in the crosses. A little more speed in the game, in the finish.

“We also saw that we were not immune to conceding a goal, like the start of the second half."

Simon will hope to continue his inspiring form when Nantes host league leaders Paris Saint-Germain for their next fixture at the Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau on February 19.