Four days before its big debut in the Champions League, Stade Rennais was held in check on the Dijon lawn (1-1) this Friday evening.
It was the game before for the Rennais Stadium, and Julien Stéphan knew he was difficult to tackle. Four days before their Champions League debut against Krasnodar, a moment long awaited by the club, the Bretons conceded the draw to Dijon (1-1), this Friday evening, at the opening of the 7th day of Ligue 1.
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For this meeting, the Rennes coach had to deal with several absences (Nzonzi, Da Silva, Maouassa, Niang …) and with the late returns of some internationals, left on the bench, like star rookie Jeremy Doku and the nugget Eduardo Camavinga. It is in this context that the Rennes leader was held in check by the red lantern, a result which can only be disappointing in this regard.
Rennes, leader on borrowed time
Rennes had started the meeting well. The visitors opened the scoring thanks to the first goal of Martin terrier in his new colors, the former Lyonnais regaining a good cross behind one night’s captain Hamari Traoré (0-1, 24 ‘). But the Rouge et Noir were picked up on their return from the locker room with a nice goal from Mama Baldé (1-1, 53rd), who played off the opposing central defense, dribbling past former teammate Nayef Aguerd and rookie Daniele Rugani (who made his debut, as did Dalbert).
At the end of the game, after the successive entries of Camavinga (64th) and Doku (81st), Rennes pushed forward to regain the advantage. In vain, despite this strike from Flavien Tait who landed on the bar (84th), or dangerous heads from Aguerd (73rd) and Rugani (90th + 3). Held in check, the Breton club could lose its leadership position depending on the results of Lille, Lens and PSG. But now it’s (finally) time to think about C1.
🗯 Julien Stéphan: “Half of the two.”
– Stade Rennais F.C. (@staderennais) October 16, 2020
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