Angers 1-2 Rennes
Buts : Salama (53e) for the SCO // Gouiri (43e) and Majer (90e+4, SP) for the SRFC
When nothing goes, nothing goes; when everything goes, everything goes.
The two opposing dynamics of Angers and Rennes spoke this Sunday afternoon, the Bretons having snatched a sixth success in a row in all competitions at the last minute (1-2). In front of sparse stands filled with many red and black supporters, the SCO was almost weighed down from the first seconds on a header from Wooh deflected by Amadou a few centimeters from the post. The beginning of a one-sided first act during which the Baticle band applied themselves to defending well as a whole to leave as few spaces as possible to Rennes who were out of inspiration, like a recovery missed by Terrier, and frustrated by Bernardoni, vigilant in front of Bourigeaud and Gouiri. Until this new marvel of collective action, at the end of which Terrier let the ball pass between his legs, a feint like a decisive pass for Gouiri, who did not tremble to score in first intention (0-1, 43e). A flash of genius and the striker’s fifth goal since arriving in Brittany. We thought the visitors had done the hardest part, but the Angevin awakening came at the same time as the rain showed up at the Raymond-Kopa stadium.
In his camp, Hunou took advantage of a high Rennes defense and Wooh’s cover to launch Salama deep, who spun past Mandanda by wedging the leather between the French international’s legs (1-1, 53e). A start allowing Angers to regain confidence and respond to Rennes’ territorial domination by imposing a physical challenge on Genesio’s men, decidedly not on their plate in a second period where the effective playing time may hardly have exceeded fifteen minutes. . Traore and Theate could have put Rennes back in front, but the SCO also had their shots to play, Hunou perhaps remembering his Rennes past as he sent a header back to the far post. The play finally fell on the wrong side again for the Angevins, Amadou being surprised on a long raise from Mandanda and tackling Abline in the box to let Majer explode the Rennes parkage by transforming the penalty into force in added time (1-2, 90e+4). The SCO remains stuck at the bottom of the table and lets Rennes grill politeness and the 4e place at OM.
Welcome to the bandwagon of teams averaging two points per game at the top of Ligue 1.
Angers (5-3-2) : Bernardoni – Valery (Thioub, 86e), Hountondji, Amadou, Mendy, Capelle – Hunou, Bentaleb, Ounahi – Boufal (86e), Salama (Dipo Sima, 69e). Coach : Gerald Baticle.
Rennes (4-4-2) : Mandanda – Traore, Wooh, Theate, Truffert (Meling, 77).e) – Bourigeaud (Majer, 69e), Xeka, Tait, Terrier (Sulemana, 77e) – Kalimuendo (Abline, 86e), Gouiri (D. Doué, 69e). Coach : Bruno Genesio.