BRANDON WIGGINS - Monday, April 21, 2014
Alejandro Bedoya helped lead FC Nantes to a big win over Valenciennes in Ligue 1 this weekend.
Bedoya had another strong showing, playing the full 90 and scoring a goal while playing the central midfield role in Nantes' 4-2-3-1 formation. The goal is Bedoya's fifth for the club, making him Nantes' third-leading scorer so far this season.
Nantes opened up the scoring in the 24th minute when Johan Audel scored from a shot in the middle of the penalty box. After that it was Bedoya's turn to score in the 41st minute, when he scored from the right side of the penalty box off of a through ball from Jordan Veretout.
It didn't take long for Nantes to find the goal yet again, as Serge Gakpe scored from outside the penalty box off of another assist from Veretout in the 44th minute. Gakpe would score his second goal of the match in the 54th minute off of a free kick.
Valenciennes, however, did have some fight in them. Carl Medjani scored for the club with a header off of a corner kick in the 79th minute to make the score 1-4. Valenciennes would score again in the 83rd minute off of another set piece, when Jean-Christophe Bahebeck scored thanks to an assist from Maor Melikson.
Medjani, however, would commit an own goal in the 86th minute. Nantes would score their sixth and final goal of the match in the 89th minute when substitute Banel Nicolita scored off of a free kick.
To pick up three points on the road is a big feat for a Nantes club that is fighting against relegation as the season winds down. Currently, Nantes sits 10 points out of the relegation zone. As for Bedoya, his latest goal is a testament to the solid form he has been in for Nantes for a while now.
This match makes two solid wins in a row for Nantes. However, they will likely have a much tougher match next week, when they host sixth-place Marseille.