Ranieri sees Nantes run ended in Dijon
Julio Tavares got the only goal of the game as Dijon FCO beat FC Nantes 1-0 on Saturday to end Les Canaris' unbeaten run.
Dijon FCO 1 - 0 FC Nantes
Claudio Ranieri's side had come into this trip to Burgundy on the back of a run of eight Ligue 1 Conforama games without defeat. That form had lifted them up the lofty heights of third place with 20 points from 10 matches, their best start to a season in 23 years.
However, Nantes' momentum was checked in midweek as they suffered a shock defeat at Ligue 2 strugglers Tours FC in the Coupe de la Ligue. Ranieri changed most of his team from that game but his side slumped to a first league loss since going down 1-0 to Olympique de Marseille on August 12.
The only goal arrived 20 minutes in at the Stade Gaston-Gérard, with Frédéric Sammaritano delivering a cross from the right and Cape Verde striker Tavares rising unmarked at the back post to head home. Ciprian Tatarusanu in the Nantes goal got something on the ball but could not keep it out.
Scoring goals has been a big problem for Nantes, even during their unbeaten run, and they toiled to create chances for an equaliser. Léo Dubois was a regular source of danger with his crosses from the right, but often there were no takers while one was fired over by René Khrin late on.
THE PLAYER: Julio Tavares
Scoring against Ranieri's Nantes is no mean feat - Tavares' goal was just the eighth they have conceded in 11 Ligue 1 Conforama games. The big forward has not found it easy this season following the summer sale of Loïs Diony, with whom he combined so well. This was just his second of this league campaign, but it was enough for Dijon to secure back-to-back wins in the top flight for the first time since March 2012.
THE STAT: 8
Nantes' unbeaten run in the league comes to an end after eight matches. They will hope to begin another sequence when they entertain Toulouse FC next weekend. After that, though, is a trip to Paris Saint-Germain.