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Rennes temporary dolphin in Ligue 1, Strasbourg braked, Angers regains victory

Nothing can stop Rennes and certainly not an apathetic and overwhelmed FC Metz in all sectors. A week after their recital in Lyon (4-2), the Bretons offered a new demonstration of offensive play against Grenats relegated to four points behind the barrage (6-1). Frédéric Antonetti’s men did not emerge against what is now the best attack in Ligue 1 (63 goals). Stade Rennais has a fifth victory in a row in the Championship, with 20 goals scored over the period, and can hope to be PSG’s new runner-up in the event of a draw between OM and Nice this Sunday evening. It is in any case the best team of the moment.

As against OL, the Breton waves broke from the first minutes. With more than 80% possession at the start (70% in the end), the hosts pushed Metz to the fault. Jemerson conceded a penalty converted by Martin Terrier (17th). The second top scorer in the elite slammed a new double (28th) then was denied a hat-trick (35th). Serhou Guirassy has achieved the hat-trick. The center-forward punished the Messins before the break (40th), on returning from the locker room after a post from Terrier (55th) and a volley on a cross from Bourigeaud (64th). In the meantime, Captain Hamari Traoré had also taken advantage of the afternoon open house in the Lorraine area (59th). The young Louis Mafouta saved the honor at the end of the match (87th).

Even without its technical leader in midfield, Racing had the opportunities to win. But Matthieu Dreyer was irreproachable on a face-to-face with Kevin Gameiro (26th) then on a header from Jean-Ricner Bellegarde deflected by Léo Pétrot (29th). Gameiro may also regret his failed dive against the Lorient goalkeeper in the second half (54th). After two defeats at home, Lorient had the merit of stopping the bleeding without succeeding in being dangerous apart from timid attempts by Armand Laurienté (43rd and 47th) and Thomas Monconduit (90+1). The Hakes grab one more point towards maintaining and have a five-point lead over 19th, Metz.

Two months after their last victory, Angers finally returned to success in Ligue 1. On their lawn, the Angevins did the minimum to dismiss Brest (1-0) and put an end to a nightmarish series of seven losses in a row . The SCO offers air at the bottom of the table with five points ahead of the play-off and returns to three lengths behind his opponent of the day.

In a balanced but closed match, Gérald Baticle’s players made the difference thanks to a penalty converted by Sofiane Boufal after a foul by Lucien Agoumé on Pierrick Capelle (38th). Too little dangerous apart from a head off target from Brendan Chardonnet on a corner at the start of the match (19th), the Brestois pushed at the end of the match but were too clumsy to hope for anything (only one shot on target).

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