Against Nice, Stade Rennes had the good fortune to see Benjamin Bourigeaud offer them a deserved success (2-1) synonymous with fourth place, but the misfortune of losing Martin Terrier to injury.
By Clément Gavard, at Roazhon Park
Rennes 2-1 Nice
Goals: Burrow (6e) and Bourigeaud (89e) for the SRFC // Barkley (21e) for the Gym
There are victories that have a funny flavor. That of Stade Rennes this Monday evening against Nice, at the end of the 17e day is one. If the Bretons had the good fortune to see Benjamin Bourigeaud offer them a deserved success at the end of the game (2-1) to recover their fourth place and put thirteen points in the sight of the Aiglons, they also had the misfortune to lose Martin Terrier , very seriously hit in the knee in the first period. Which can have a definite impact on the rest of the Rennes season.
Terrier, from smile to pain
Back in their garden in an official match for the first time in a month and a half, Rennes found their good habits by putting on rhythm and intensity against a Nice team deployed in 3-4-3. With success, since the locals did not wait long to unlock their counter for the new year: a beautiful opening by Benjamin Bourigeaud, a delivery of a heel from Amine Gouiri, then a firecracker signed Terrier, after seeing Arnaud Kalimuendo countered, to deceive Kasper Schmeichel (1-0, 6e). Too apathetic defensively, the Gym is not far from cracking a second time, but the double of Terrier is logically refused for an offside position.
To try to provide an answer, the Aiglons bet on Ross Barkley, who made the powder speak and pushed Steve Mandanda to deflect his praline on the bar. A warm-up for the Englishman, whose second jewel came to stay in the skylight of the Rennes goalkeeper (1-1, 21e). Game, fun, beautiful goals, then the cold snap when the screams of Terrier, seriously injured in the right knee on a defensive return by Jordan Lotomba, froze the stands of Roazhon Park like the field, where the exit of the boss des Rouge et Noir, author of a great start to the match and replaced by Jérémy Doku, completely distraught his partners.
During an intermission where the 27,000 or so spectators no doubt grimaced when they saw the horrible images of the Rennes striker’s injury on their smartphones, Bruno Genesio’s band was able to put their heads back in place. Rennes returned to the field in conquering mode, pushing visitors without too many ideas to their limits. Very quickly, Lovro Majer saw his center in force pass in front of Kalimuendo, then the Bretons multiplied the offensives in the opposing camp (Xeka, Bourigeaud), like the crossfire from Hamari Traoré saved by captain Dante. Nice is dominated, but also very close to cooling Rennes on a header missed by Kephren Thuram, left alone at the far post on a diving cross. What followed were spaces from all over the field, sometimes surprising refereeing decisions and other Rennes opportunities (Gouiri, Theate). Then, when the draw seemed to take shape, the SRFC was rewarded by the essential Bourigeaud at the end of a very nice movement initiated by Gouiri and a good pass from the incoming Flavien Tait (2-1, 89e). This one, we can imagine that the Rennais will dedicate it to Martin Terrier.
Rennes (4-4-2): Mandanda – Traoré, Wooh, Theate, Meling (Truffert, 72e) – Bourigeaud, Xeka, Majer (Tait, 72e), Terrier (Doku, 36e) – Kalimuendo (Sulemana, 84e), Gouiri. Coach : Bruno Genesio.
Nice (3-4-3): Schmeichel – Todibo, Dante, Rosario – Lotomba, Thuram, Lemina (Brahimi, 66e), Bard – Pepe, Laborde, Barkley (Diop, 66e). Coach : Lucian Favré.
By Clément Gavard, at Roazhon Park