In great difficulty, Strasbourg paid for its numerical inferiority by sinking at home against an attractive Rennes (1-3) this Saturday on behalf of the 9th day of Ligue 1.
Kalimuendo was in all the right moves.
Attractive once in numerical superiority, Rennes complicated the situation of Strasbourg by winning logically Meinau (3-1) this Saturday during the 9th day of Ligue 1.
In better form, the Rouge et Noir entered the game better and posed difficulties for the Alsatians with their high pressing. Like this off-target shot from Traor and this insufficiently supported attempt from Terrier, not enough to make Sels tremble.
Nyamsi, the red that changes everything
Less and less worried over the minutes, Julien Stphan’s men began to be threatening on the counterattack and Gameiro concluded one of them to capsize the Meinau. But his goal was logically refused by the VAR for offside. While Strasbourg was getting better, the game tipped over on a clumsy intervention by Nyamsi who hit Bourigeaud’s thigh with his crampons. Immediate sanction in this season of zero tolerance: red card!
In numerical superiority, the Rennais put pressure again. They were rewarded by finding the fault on a subtle pivoting half-volley from Kalimuendo (0-1, 38′). The striker’s first goal in his new colors! If the square deprived Terrier of the goal of the break on a long shot before the break, the striker finally took advantage of an offering from Kalimuendo to drive the point home on the return from the locker room (0-2, 49th).
Rennes outperforms then relaxes
The Alsatians were on the verge of asphyxiation and, after a decisive stop by Sels in front of Kalimuendo and an outside post found by the omnipresent Tait, Gouiri ended up adding to the bill after a superb collective movement on a new serve from Kalimuendo (0-3, 61st). On the other hand, Bruno Genesio’s men relaxed enormously during the last half hour, which had the gift of greatly annoying their coach, who was very pissed. Even if Diallo reduced the score on a generous penalty obtained by Gameiro (1-3, 73rd), the SRFC somehow held on to a success which allowed him to temporarily climb to 5th place in the standings. Racing is 18th.
The score of the match: 6/10
Despite the very worrying situation of their team, which has still not won, the Strasbourg supporters have once again responded and created a great atmosphere at Meinau. On the pitch, we generally witnessed a rhythmic first act but poor in chances and a second period that was attractive at first from Rennes, who offered some good moves, then dominated by Strasbourg at the end against an opponent who suddenly stopped playing. , which almost ended up reviving the suspense.
The goals :
– On a cross from Truffert, Kalimuendo is found in the box. In the duel with Le Marchand and with his back to goal, the striker takes the ball before scoring with a nice half-volley from the left which surprises Sels (0-1, 38th).
– Well launched by Bourigeaud, Kalimuendo infiltrates right from the surface and crosses low to the ground for Terrier, lonely, who concludes from the left close range (0-2, 49th).
– After a good combination in full surface with Bourigeaud and Gouiri, Kalimuendo fixed Sels and transmitted in the axis Gouiri which concluded closely (0-3, 61st).
– Traor anticipates too much and tackles Gameiro in advance, who plays the shot well and gets a penalty when he seems above all to walk on the defender. Diallo transforms him against a too short Mandanda (1-3, 73rd sp).
Maxifoot has assigned a score (out of 10) comments on each player.
Man of the match: Arnaud Kalimuendo (8/10)
A goal and two assists! With the spaces left by Strasbourg reduced to ten, the striker delighted and hurt each time he was found deep. After his sublime half-volley, the former Parisian sends two Terrier and Gouiri caviars. A big game that should definitely launch his adventure in Brittany. Replaced in the 62nd minute by Lovro Majer (not not).
Matz Sels (4.5): difficult to incriminate the Racing goalkeeper on the 3 goals conceded: a jewel and two close range… On the other hand, the Belgian delayed the chance with his decisive save on the lob of Kalimuendo 0- 2.
Gerzino Nyamsi (3.5): the long-awaited return of the central defender will have come to an end… After only 28 minutes of play, the ex-Rennais was sent off due to his failed intervention on Bourigeaud’s thigh. The turning point of the game…
Alexander Djiku (4): Too often caught up in opposing combinations, the central defender has confirmed his current difficulties and lost too much time to play.
Maxime Le Marchand (4): Kalimuendo’s technique leaves him frozen on the spot on the opener. Behind, the central defender lacked liveliness to stop Rennes’ combinations in the second half.
Colin Dagba (4): the right piston offered a good duel with Truffert at the start of the game, but the former Parisian suffered too much defensively once his team was reduced to ten, like his questionable placement on the 2nd opposing goal. Replace the 63rd minute with Lucas Perrin (not).
Sanjin Prcic (3): much more erased than usual, the midfielder never managed to direct the game of the Alsatians. Replace the 63rd minute with Thomas Delaine (not not).
Ibrahima Sissoko (3): complicated match for the midfielder, put under pressure by the Rennais and author of the failed recovery which led to the opener for Kalimuendo. Replace the 46th minute with Karl Fila (4)no longer its advantage.
Jean-Ricner Bellegarde (4.5): as often this season, the midfielder started his matches strong before giving up. This was again the case on Saturday, even if he tried until the end, like this late free kick passed from just above.
Dimitri Linard (5.5): first aligned as a left piston, the Alsatian captain spent most of the match as a side following Nyamsi’s red card. Combative, the Strasbourg player did well as often with several interceptions in his lane which relieved his team. Replace the 64th minute with Nordine Kandil (not not).
Kevin Gameiro (5.5): not successful in recent weeks, the striker thought he had finally found the fault except that he was offside and was logically caught by the patrol. The most restless of the Alsatian attackers was nonetheless rewarded with the penalty obtained through experience at the end.
Habib Diallo (5): the goal from the penalty spot masks a rather complicated match for the Senegalese centre-forward, well taken by Theate and who has rarely had the opportunity to shine, with the exception of his very precise service on the goal disallowed Gameiro.
Steve Mandanda (5): beaten from the penalty spot and saved by the VAR on Gameiro’s goal, the Rennes goalkeeper had a relatively quiet game.
Hamari Traor (4.5): very active at the start of the game and author of the first thrill of the match, the right-back delivered a good performance, but the Breton captain spoiled it somewhat by the penalty, admittedly severe, which he caused in anticipating his slide tackle too much in front of Gameiro.
Joe Rodon (5): more and more comfortable, the Welsh central defender delivered a clean and assured match on his interventions and his raises.
Arthur Theate (7): match after match, the Belgian proves that he has the shoulders to become the new boss of the Breton defense. The central defender reigned supreme in his duels: he completely muzzled Diallo and signed a decisive tackle in front of Gameiro in the first period. Omnipresent in the first raises.
Adrien Truffert (6.5): the French no-international has often displayed a lot of availability in his lane and it is no coincidence that the Rennes game has leaned on his side for a long time. The left side is rewarded with his center which finds Kalimuendo on the opener. Replace 74th minute with Jeremy Doku (not).
Chimuanya Ugochukwu (4.5): Xeka not yet fit, the midfielder started this game. A little behind his teammates, the Breton did not really convince and Tait drew all the light in the midfield.
Flavien Tait (7): a real pointer in the Rennes game, the midfielder was a delight in Alsace. Author of numerous interceptions, the Breton distinguished himself by his game on the move, with good forward projections and several caviars addressed to his attackers. Checked by the post on his attempt before the hour mark.
Benjamin Bourigeaud (6.5): in the first period, despite the expulsion caused, we saw the Bourigeaud from this start to the season, far from the level of the last exercise. But the Rennes leader was more famous during the second act, the image of his accuracy in game three on the goal of Gouiri. Before that, he had also found Kalimuendo on the action of the 2nd goal. Replace 74th minute with Birger Meling (non not).
Amine Gouiri (6): the summer rookie will have been the least visible to the Rennes attackers this Saturday. After a first period that was too discreet, the Nice defector showed himself to be more to his advantage during the second act, like his goal, which rewards an action on which he played well. Replace the 82nd minute with Matthis Abline (not not).
Martin Terrier (6.5): class, the striker did not celebrate the goal scored against his former club. Available, the Rennais offered many solutions to his teammates and sometimes played the discounters. Generous, as always. Replace the 82nd minute with Lorenz Assignon (not not).
Arnaud Kalimuendo (8): read the comment above.
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STRASBOURG 1-3 RENNES (mid-time: 0-1) – FRANCE – Ligue 1 / 9th day
Stadium: Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg – Referee: Eric Wattellier, France
Goals : H. Diallo (72nd, pen.) for STRASBOURG – A. Kalimuendo (38th) M. Terrier (49th) A. Gouiri (61st) for RENNES
Another big Meinau atmosphere.
The expulsion of Nyamsi led Racing (28th).
Tait played a big game in the Rennes midfield.
Kalimuendo and Gouiri wandered off in the second half.