Landreau ends career with clean sheet
SC Bastia goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau brought the curtain down on his career with a clean sheet as he held former club FC Nantes at bay in his 618th L1 game on Saturday.
SC Bastia 0 - 0 FC Nantes
Fittingly, Landreau's top-flight life had started at Bastia in the colours of their final-day opponents in early October 1996. The French international stopped a penalty on that day, but did not need such heroics as he brought his record-breaking club career to a halt, even if he will still travel to Brazil as part of France's World Cup squad.
While Landreau's career is all but over, that of Gianni Bruno is just taking off. The young striker, who is on loan from LOSC Lille, will return north with greater experience following his adventure in Corsica, and he would have had a ninth goal of the season to boot had he taken the early opportunity presented to him. However, the 22-year-old Belgian saw his effort from Julian Palmieri's low cross skid just wide of Rémy Riou's right-hand post.
Riou had to rely on his own reflexes rather than Lady Luck to keep Ilan at bay ten minutes before the break, while Serge Gakpé might have tested Landreau's abilities when Sébastien Squillaci's miscued clearance dropped to him, but the former AS Monaco FC man fired wildly over the bar.
Had Milos Krasic picked out Yannick Cahuzac rather than Bruno early in the second half, the Bastia captain might have had the chance to put his side ahead. Instead, it was down to Landreau to turn aside Ismaël Bangoura's volley to keep his side level.
Djibril Cissé could still have given his former international team-mate all three points as a parting gift when he broke clear, but the experienced striker saw his shot turned aside by a Riou foot in the closing stages.