At the end of a dominated and well-controlled match, Rennes won at home against Saint-Etienne (2-0), this Saturday, during the 35th matchday of Ligue 1. With a brace, Majer was the great man of this meeting.
Bourigeaud can congratulate Majer, author of a double
With Strasbourg’s draw against PSG (3-3) and the shock that awaits Marseille against Lyon on Sunday, Rennes had the opportunity to make a double blow on Saturday evening: beat Strasbourg in the race for the podium and put pressure on the Marseillais for 2nd place. A successful goal for Rennais with a 2-0 win against Saint-Etienne, which remains a flurry and could lose ground on its opponents in the race to keep.
Rennes has taken its time
In the first period the Rennais have long possessed it without being really dangerous. Well positioned and strictly defensive, the Stphanois perfectly prevented the Bretons from entering the surface. Half an hour from the start of the match only Majer (5th), Santamaria (28th) and Terrier (30th) had tried their luck, without finding the target, while the Breton club had more than 80% of ball possession .
With the rest approaching, the AXIS even offered itself the luxury of scoring the first shot of the match on Aouchiche’s shot rejected by Alemdar (39 ‘). This opportunity gave wings to the Greens who were a little more enterprising. And it was finally at the first climax for the visitors that Rennes opened the scoring with a beautiful controlled chest chain and a shot from the left by Majer (1-0, 41st).
Majer offers himself a double
When they returned from the locker room, the Stphanois were more enterprising and immediately got a scoring opportunity. It takes a parade from Alemdar to prevent Nordin from equalizing on a perfect serve by Aouchiche over the defense of Rennes (47 ‘). A heat stroke that made the people of Rennes react. Less dominant than in the first period, the Rouge et Noir manage to exploit the advantage and offer themselves a good chance on a comeback by Bourigeaud who runs away from the target (59th).
Despite the best of the AXIS game, Pascal Dupraz players couldn’t find other dangerous situations. It was also Rennes who dominated at the end of the match. And after a Guirassy shot in the area, rejected by Bernardoni (82nd), Majer offered himself a brace to ensure the success of his team (2-0, 84th). The rest was made for Rennes, which then puts pressure on OM before Sunday’s Olimpico.
Match score: 4/10
A game with few chances that will not be remembered. Apart from Majer’s goal, there is little to eat in an early period which was for a long time a sterile dominion of the Rennais. The second act was a little more lively, without offering a very emotional show.
The objectives :
– After a long throw from Bourigeaud towards the surface of Saint-Etienne, Mangala repels with a header. Terrier emerges and hands over to Majer, who connects a chest control and a volley from the left to beat Bernardoni to his left (1-0, 41st).
– Upon Traor’s pass, Mangala misses the interception and involuntarily serves Majer. The Croatian fixes Bernardoni from the left (2-0, 84th).
NOTES from players
Maxifoot scored (out of 10) comments for each player.
Man of the match: Lovro Majer (8/10)
In the oven and in the mill, the community of Rennes has done well this evening. After an off-target shot (5 ‘), the Croatian was often the initiative for Rennes’ good moves. His work to recover the ball at Mangala’s feet and serve Bourigeaud, who does not find the target (47 ‘), is the perfect symbol of his defensive and offensive activity in this match. For his efforts he was rewarded with a valuable double for his team in the run-up to the Champions League (41st, 84th).
Dogan Alemdar (7): The Rennes goalkeeper was not much called, but he made two very important saves. He rejected Aouchiche’s shot at 0-0 (39 ‘), then won an engagement with Nordin to prevent the AXIS from resurrecting as soon as they returned from the locker room (47’).
Hamari Traor (6): Rennes right-back has been very active in his lane. His stumbling blocks have made Saint-Etienne defenders suffer several times and his pass badly intercepted by Mangala led to Rennes ‘second goal (84’).
Warmed Omari (6): the young central defender of Rennes makes a nice copy. He has rarely been challenged by Saint-Etienne forwards during this match.
Baptiste Santamaria (7): positioned in the center of the defense, the midfielder convinced this time. Very good at reading the game and imperialist in the air, he has recovered all the balls behind him.
Adrien Truffert (5): Rennes left-back played a serious game. He was put in little danger on the defensive in his lane. Replace the 56th with Birger Meling (not no).
Lovro Majer (8): read the comment above.
Jonas Martin (5): The defensive midfielder had a decent match. He did his job in midfield to scrape balls, without really doing more.
Flavien Tait (5): The Rennes midfielder had a good match in the salary, but we saw him more enterprising in attack. In the end, he weighed relatively little in the last 20 meters against each other.
Benjamin Bourigeaud (6): Even when he is a little less well, the Rennes midfielder remains influential. His long surface pass led to Rennes ‘first goal (41’). He then made a nice flying cross from Laborde (47th), then didn’t find the shot on an acrobatic comeback (59th).
Gatan Laborde (4): The Rennes center forward didn’t have many opportunities to shine in this meeting. Generous but little served in a good position in the opponent’s area, if not on a volley that does not find the target (47 °). Replace the 75th with Serhou Guirassy (not no).
Martin Terrier (6): the Rennes striker has made himself very available to try to find the defect in the Saint-Etienne wall. He tried his luck with a curling shot that went wide (30 ‘), but eventually turned into a pass for Majer in the opening (41’). Replace 89 with Lorenz Asignon (not no).
ST ETIENNE :
Paul Bernardoni (4): author of a beautiful exit at the foot of Bourigeaud (19th), the goalkeeper from Stphanois is then beaten by the goal of Majer (41st). If in the last gesture he took advantage of Rennais’ lack of skill for a long time, in the end he conceded the second goal of the same Majer (84 °), after a stop in front of Guirassy (82 °).
Mickal Nade (5): the central defender of Saint-Etienne played a decent game by making several valuable interventions (2 successful tackles, 1 rejected, 2 interceptions).
Eliaquim Mangala (2): night without for the ACE captain … His expulsion on axis on Bourigeaud’s long pass helps Rennes on the first goal, then makes a mistake trying to intercept Traor’s pass on the second.
Harold Moukoudi (5): solid in duels and present in the air, the central defender has repeatedly rejected the danger in his area. A serious game
Yvann Maon (4): complicated game for Saint-Etienne right-back. Troubled in his duels, he was unable to control the Rennais in his corridor. Replace the 85th with Gabriel Silva (not no).
Mahdi Camara (5): The Greens midfielder did a good activity in midfield to close the lines of pass in axis in the first period and scratch the balls higher in the interval.
Lucas Gourna-Douath (4): The young Stphanois midfielder had a difficult game. Both in defense and in attack, he weighed little during this match. Replace the 73rd with Yvan Neyou (not).
Miguel Trauco (4): the left side of Saint-Etienne was pushed by Rennais on his side and said nothing in an offensive way. Replace the 73rd with Sada Thioub (not no).
Adil Aouchiche (6): like his team, he ran a lot behind the ball in the first half, but the shot on goal gave him confidence (39th). After the break, all the balls went to him in the Saint-Etienne match. He makes a nice pass for Nordin who stumbles on Alemdar (47th). Replace the 73rd with Zaydou Youssouf (not no).
Denis Bouanga (5): generous, the Gabonese international didn’t have many good balls to use, but he often tried to play forward to bring verticality to Saint-Etienne’s game.
Arnaud Nordin (4): Deprived of the balls in the first period, the Stphanois striker had the thankless role of hindering Rennes’ first recovery. He touched the skin more in the second act and tripped over Alemdar in a face-to-face with the Rennes goalkeeper (47th). Replace the 77th with Bakary Sako (not no).
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RENNES 2-0 ST ETIENNE (half time: 1-0) – FRANCE – Ligue 1 / 35th matchday
Stadium: Roazhon Park, Rennes – Referee: Jeremy Stinat, France
Targets : L. Majer (41 °) L. Majer (84 °) for RENNES
ST ETIENNE :
Majer gave Rennes the lead (1-0, 41st) …
… then the Croatian made the break with a brace (2-0, 84th)!
People of Rennes can relish