This Gambardella semi-final will have kept all its promises. At the end of an open meeting rich in goals (3-3), the young Caennais qualified on penalties. For the fourth time after 1959, 1994 and 2001, SM Caen is in the final of the Gambardella Cup.
Under a bright sun and in front of an influx to make even some Ligue 1 clubs pale, Nicolas Seube’s players did not seem impressed by what was at stake and entered their match perfectly. The Rennais multiplied the corners in the first ten minutes, without much concern for Maël Obé, before a first scare without consequences for Brahim Traoré, who made up for it well after losing the ball in the box (13′). A story of corners, since it was following a corner kick deposited by Mohamed Hafid on the head of Norman Bassette that the Belgian, well placed at the far post, opened the scoring with a header (16 ′).
While we expect to see the Rennais react, it is finally the Normans who take the game in hand. Little worrying in this first period, the visitors rely only on Mathys Tel and Djaoui Cissé, stirring between the lines. It was finally Diabé Bolumbu, escaped on the left wing, who doubled the lead with a shot from the left at the end of the race that the unfortunate Rennes goalkeeper Yann Batola could only slow down (25′). Decidedly a good week for number 11 aligned as left piston, very strong this afternoon and scorer a week after his appearance in the pro group against Dunkirk.
Then the match gets carried away. After a combination between Tomé and Lebreton, Hafid launches the latter into the area, narrowly taken over by the Breton rearguard (30′). While the Malherbistes seemed to be off to a good start and sure of their strength, the score was finally reduced against the run of play by Jérémy Jacquet (32′), after a mess in the area following a free kick at mid-distance. In reaction Raphaël Herlem, on receiving a cross from Bolumbu, narrowly misses the target at the far post (35′). And it is finally on the other side that Djaoui Cissé, alone in the area after his teammate Lesley Ugochukwu found the post, allows the Bretons to pick up the score shortly before the break (37′).
From 2-0 to 2-3, Stade Malherbe got scared…
At the end of a rather crazy first period, the 2-2 of the half seems severe for the players of Nico Seube, more sharp in the number of occasions but punished against the course of play on their rare weak times. Returning from the locker room with better intentions, the young Rennais were more offensive at the start of the second half, without however proving to be particularly dangerous. In a meeting suddenly more balanced and less unbridled, the two teams gauge each other for a while. Until the 73′, where Mathys Tel, launched in depth, takes advantage of a recovery thirty meters from his own goal and a dazzling counter to adjust Obé full axis despite the return of Traoré, too short.
Despite a Tidiam Gomis less prominent than usual, the Rouge et Bleu did not admit defeat and on a long ball behind the back of the defence, Bassette was hit in the middle of the run by the opposing goalkeeper. The Belgian does justice to himself (79′) and goes to celebrate under a melting Malherbe Normandy Kop while d’Ornano exults (3-3). The end of the game is rough, contested, but neither side manages to avoid the dreaded penalty shootout. A Rennes failure is enough to qualify the young people of Stade Malherbe, impeccable in their achievements.
During this meeting, the double pivot Gabin Tomé – Noé Lebreton compensated for his athletic deficit with a very good vision of the game, to feed the Cherbourg left-hander Mohamed Hafid, author of two decisive passes. If Diabé Bolumbu and Norman Bassette pulled out of the game, the middle trio perfectly embodied the physiognomy of the match for the Rouge et Bleu: precise in the first act then messy in the second, prevented from combining by a Rennes midfielder who came look higher.
In addition to the qualification, the Caennais will remember the great party offered to the formation of the SMC and the historic crowd for a round of the Coupe Gambardella, 11,237 spectators who came to encourage the 2004 generation on the occasion of their first home outing in this campaign. .
SM Caen U18 3 – 3 Stade Rennais FC U18
Goals : Bassette (16′ and 79′ sp) and Bolumbu (25′) for Caen / Jacquet (32′), Cissé (37′) and Tel (73′) for Rennes.
Shoot to the net : Caen / reindeer
Starting XI: Maël Obé – Raphaël Herlem, Brahim Traoré, Robin Verhaeghe, Antoine Lepeltier, Diabé Bolumbu – Gabin Tomé (Sirvilliano Da Silva, 89′), Noé Lebreton, Mohamed Hafid (Heliodino Tavares, 90+1′) – Tidiam Gomis (Abdou Niakaté, 81′), Norman Bassette.