Rennes wins at Reims and temporarily takes second place in Ligue 1


The game: 2-3

To keep their second place this Sunday at the end of the 31st day of Ligue 1, OM know that they will at least not have to lose, at home, against Montpellier (9 p.m.). Because despite some irregularity over the 90 minutes, Stade Rennais won in Reims on Saturday (3-2) and thus amassed 19 points out of a possible 21 – six successes, a draw (1-1) in Nice last Saturday – over the last seven days, to temporarily take this place of dolphin of the PSG.

Contrary to his habit, Rennes had however missed his start to the match. Incisive in the duels and enterprising offensively, the Rémois managed a big first half hour. But they were sorely unrealistic, either by being clumsy, like Berisha (3rd, 15th), or by coming up against an excellent Alemdar – Munetsi (4th), Mbuku (25th) and… Omari (26th) brushing against the csc Les Oscar Garcia’s men thus missed their chance. Because under the impetus of Benjamin Bourigeaud, author of a double (39th, 43rd, see below), the Bretons regained their momentum and their technical quality as if by magic, to succeed in the break in three minutes.

The second half was also very lively. Rennes believed to have taken shelter definitively, thanks to the 18th goal this season from Martin Terrier (co-best director of L1), a mixture of power and finesse (58th). But in the process, the Rémois, who are never discouraged, reduced the score by Maxime Busi, author of his first goal in L 1, with a header, on a perfect cross from Konan (60th).

Maxime Busi scored his first Ligue 1 goal on his eleventh appearance in the top flight. (F. Faugère/The Team)

They could even have snatched an improbable 3-3, since they then obtained two penalties (for a foul by Aguerd on Kebbal, then a hand by Truffert). But if Jens Cadjus transformed the second well (81st), Moussa Doumbia had completely missed the first (77th). Even if they will experience great regrets, the Champenois (13th) retain a comfortable nine-point lead over the barrage (Saint-Etienne).

The player: Bourigeaud strikes at the right time

After a lackluster first half hour, Benjamin Bourigeaud woke up with a start, which whipped his team, then extinct. Very full middle felt “by instinct” that he “had to go down in the middle”, as he confided at halftime at the microphone of Prime Video. His excellent crosses (30th, 34th, 45th) were then certainly not converted.

But he offered himself a thunderous and superb double, thanks to a furious header on a cross from Laborde (39th), then a strong strike with the right foot (slightly deflected by Faes), taking advantage of a sublime heel from Traoré to serve him (43rd). The second L 1 passer (eleven offerings) thus brings his total of goals to eight this season. Again less prominent in the last half hour, Bourigeaud made the difference at the right time.


Either the total of goals scored by Rennes over the last seven days of Ligue 1 (six wins, one draw), or a superb average of 3.4 goals per game.



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