Ligue 1 – Rennes wins in the last minutes at Angers (2-1) thanks to a penalty from Majer and climbs to 4th place

Rennes took the time but succeeded. Despite an unsuccessful performance, the Bretons were able to win on the wire in Angers, Sunday, during the 12th day of Ligue 1 (1-2). Amine Gouiri had logically opened the score (43rd) but Bruno Génésio’s men purred too much and Amine Salama equalized (53rd). Lovro Majer, however, converted a penalty at the last minute (90th + 4) to give Rennes a 4th straight success in the league and 4th place in the standings. Conversely, Angers suffered a 4th defeat in a row and remained penultimate.

Faced with Angevins already on the verge of crisis at kick-off, the Rennais seemed to start strong by obtaining, from the first seconds, a corner on which Christopher Wooh narrowly missed the target (1st). The direction was good but the visitors curiously did not insist. Masters of the ball with more than 70% possession in the first period, they played too slowly to the dismay of their coach who was shouting on the edge of the field.

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Martin Terrier or Benjamin Bourigeaud have long been borrowed. The second still launched Hamary Traoré well on the right for a center back which allowed Gouiri to solicit Paul Bernardoni (10th). Bourigeaud also alerted the opposing goalkeeper to an axial free kick (27th). As Angers started to come out of their camp and had even chained several corners, Terrier finally found the right inspiration. He nicely combined with Flavien Tait by transplanting in the axis from the left then relied on Bourigeaud to let his discount pass between his legs and allow Gouiri to adjust Bernardoni (0-1, 43rd).

This 5th league goal this season from the former Niçois, his 4th in a row, should have definitely launched the Bretons. However, this was not the case. United and compact in defense, the Angevins also played more forward after returning from the locker room, relying in particular on the technical quality of Azzedine Ounahi. However, it was the former Rennais Adrien Hunou who, from his camp, launched Salama perfectly. The stirring 22-year-old striker went to deceive Steve Mandanda to score his third goal of the season.

Mandanda inspired

Salama even came close to surprising a too tender Rennes central defense, but the young nugget uncrossed his head too much at six meters (67th). The meeting became indecisive especially as Wooh then Theate narrowly missed the boat on a corner twice (64th and 84th). Genesio inspired fresh blood with Majer and Désiré Doué (69th), then Kamaldeen Sulemana and Birger Meling (77th) and finally Matthis Abline (86th).

While Hunou missed a great opportunity after a nice number from the incoming Angers Farid El-Melali (87th), it was Steve Mandanda who found the light. The 37-year-old goalkeeper had signed his first career Decision pass against Auxerre (5-0, 7th day), he still had the right look with a very long kick start which allowed Abline to go get a penalty on a foul by Ibrahim Amadou (90th + 2). Majer, disappointing until then, transformed the sanction and celebrated with dignity his recent contract extension (1-2, 90th + 4). Rennes has a sixth victory in all competitions and affirms its ambitions. For Angers and their coach Gerald Baticle, the situation is becoming very tense, especially as matches against Monaco, Lens and Lille are looming.

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