French-born Ghanaian defender Dennis Appiah played full 90 minutes as FC Nantes survived a crucial Ligue 1 relegation playoff encounter against Toulouse on Sunday.
Nantes survived a tough relegation play-off on Sunday to beat Toulouse on away goals and secure Ligue 1 football for a ninth consecutive season.
The Canaries went into Sunday’s game with a 2-1 lead from the first leg which was played last Thursday.
The home team, however, lost the reverse fixture by a lone goal but managed to retain their French Ligue status on the away-goal rule.
Vakoun Bayo headed in a cross from Amine Adli to give Toulouse a 62nd-minute lead, but Nantes resisted further pressure from the visitors.
Toulouse were reduced to 10 players in the 87th minute when Nathan N’Goumou was sent off for a foul on Jean-Charles Castelletto, hitting their hopes of a late second goal.
Nantes won four consecutive games before losing to Montpellier on the final day of the regular season, jumping above Olympique Nimes in the top-flight table in the process to finish in 18th place.
Appiah, who joined the Stade de la Beaujoire outfit from Anderlecht in 2019/20, played 22 times during the regular season and added a further 2 from the playoff clashes against Toulouse.