After the Lorient festival against AS Saint-Etienne, Ligue 1 offered us a promising meeting at Auguste-Delaune, where Stade Rennais traveled to face Stade de Reims. Thirteenth before this 31st day of Ligue 1, the Champenois wanted to revive at home after a trip to Troyes lost in added time. As for the Bretons, held in check in Nice last week, they had the opportunity to grab second place in the standings. Bruno Génésio could count on his prolific attacking doublet made up of Martin Terrier (17 goals) and Gaëtan Laborde (13 b.), while Oscar Garcia recorded the return of Marshall Munetsi to midfield, alongside Dion Lopy in the 4-4-2 Reims.
If we were expecting Rennes to dominate at the start of the game, Stade de Reims thwarted the plans of the Rouge-et-Noir and were still pressing high to worry about the first restarts. From the start of the match, Valon Berisha (3rd) and Marshall Munetsi (4th) tried their luck on goal but the lack of accuracy and the presence of Dogan Alemdar defeated the Reims offensives. After the strikes of Nathanaël Mbuku (25th) and Maxime Busi (26th), Rennes finally woke up through Martin Terrier, too high (30th), and Nayef Aguerd, whose header was captured by Predrag Rajković (34th). The Bretons finally found the fault twice in three minutes thanks to Benjamin Bourigeaud, author of a double just before the break (40th, 43rd) to give his team the advantage at the best of times.
Reims wakes up…too late
On returning from the locker room, Stade Rennais offered as much intensity as during their last 5 minutes of the first period, wanting to worsen the score to take cover. Martin Terrier was initially beaten by Rajkovic on his head (54th) but the former Lyonnais found the net just before the hour mark to score his 18th goal of the season and get closer to Wissam Ben Yedder in the standings. scorers (3-0, 58th). If we believed that the fate of the meeting was already sealed, it was to misunderstand the good intentions of Oscar Garcia’s men: in front of his 10,000 spectators, Maxime Busi reduced the gap in stride on a good cross at the far post of Ghislain Konan (3-1, 60th).
A story of penalties followed: the referee awarded a first shot from 11 meters to Moussa Doumbia, who missed his face-to-face with Alemdar (78th). Three minutes later, on a cross blocked by the hand of incoming Adrien Truffert, Jens Cadjus was more successful and beat the Turkish goalkeeper on the second penalty awarded to the Rémois (3-2, 81st). Pushed by their public, Stade de Reims pushed Rennes to their limits, occupying the Breton half of the field for several minutes at the end of the match. Despite the offensive coaching of the Spanish technician, Reims lost for the 11th time this season and let Rennes temporarily rise to the place of Paris Saint-Germain runner-up before the deadline for Olympique de Marseille, who will host Montpellier on Sunday evening. .