Rennes 0-1 Marseille
Goal: Kolasinac (57e)
VSIt’s a poster that could promise sparks, play and goals, this Sunday evening, in Brittany. But between Rennes and Marseille, two teams recovering, each in their own way, it was not the great show expected, despite 4Live first 5 minutes. After his two failures at the Vélodrome against PSG and Annecy, theOM relied on mischief to gain the upper hand over Rennes (0-1) and consolidate their second place in the standings a little more, notably relegating their evening opponent to nine units. It is not a cure, but a beautiful consolation.
OM played smart
The evening started very strong at Roazhon Park, between the tifo of the Rennes ultras and the intense start to the match of the Marseillais, close to cooling the Breton enclosure from the first seconds with a first shot from Jordan Veretout blocked by Benjamin Bourigeaud and a recovery from Cengiz Ünder next door. The Turkish international again tried his luck to warm up Steve Mandanda’s gloves, decisive a few minutes later in front of Jonathan Clauss to make up for a poor clearance. Back in 4-4-2, the Rennais came out of the storm, going up their block so as not to suffer from the Marseille pressure, and took control of the debates. Duels won for the Bretons, technical blunders on both sides (hello Nuno Tavares), and Rennes’ best chances: Amine Gouiri made Pau Lopez’s bar vibrate, Tavares countered Arthur Theate’s header and the Marseille goalkeeper saved the furniture twice against Karl Toko Ekambi and Arnaud Kalimuendo. There was life, breakage (Jérémy Doku, uncertain before the match, left injured in the 26e) and a final thrill caused by a center shot from Benjamin Bourigeaud fleeing the frame, in a first period without a winner.
While the 30,000 or so spectators were hanging out at the refreshment bar to reload in a sausage cake and escape a sound system that was far too loud, Igor Tudor decided to leave Mattéo Guendouzi, very nervous and replaced by Ruslan Malinovskyi, in the locker room. The game resumed at a slow pace, without madness and with a lot of waste. Not technically? Few opportunities to get your teeth into? OM therefore bet on mischief. In the confusion, Valentin Rongier quickly played a free kick to find Ünder behind the Rennes wall, which surprised the Breton defense and allowed the Turk to send a perfect cross in front of goal for Sead Kolašinac, who finished close (0-1, 57e). The Rennais contested for a long time, but above all they lost the thread after this blow to the head, not knowing how to respond offensively and leaving spaces behind, on which the Marseillais did not always jump, who claimed a penalty on Sanchez. Without ever managing to pack the end of the game, the SRFC timidly tried to scratch a point, but Toko Ekambi, Theate, Gouiri and Lovro Majer did not target. This time, Rennes should no longer see OM in the standings this season.
Rennes (4-4-2): Mandanda – Spence, Omari, Theate, Truffert – Doku (D. Gifted, 26e), Bourigeaud (Majer, 86e), Santamaria, Toko Ekambi – Gouiri, Kalimuendo (Salah, 73e). Coach : Bruno Genesio.
MO (3-4-2-1-): Lopez – Mbemba, Balerdi, Kolašinac – Clauss (Kaboré, 80e), Rongier, Veretout, Tavares – Ünder (Ounahi, 86e), Gendouzi (Malinovskyi, 46e) – Sanchez (Vitinha, 86e). Coach : Igor Tudor.
Notes from Rennes-OM