Toulouse sinks, Rennes wins on the wire

Nantes midfielder Samuel Moutoussamyaux caught with Toulousain Ibrahim Sangare on 1 December in La Beaujoire.
Nantes midfielder Samuel Moutoussamyaux caught with Toulousain Ibrahim Sangare on 1 December in La Beaujoire. SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

This 15e Ligue 1 day saw Toulouse continue its descent into hell and Rennes revive in the race to Europe. Julien Stéphan's men beat ASSE, a direct opponent, and make a good operation that allows them to point to three lengths of the podium despite their 11e square.

Nantes beat Toulouse, reduced to ten for more than an hour, Sunday 1st December at La Beaujoire (2-1), and returns to Bordeaux in Ligue 1, three days of a perilous trip to the Parc des Princes.

The series of four defeats of the Canaries had stopped at Brest (1-1). The long-awaited victory came against Antoine Kombouaré's Téfécé, who had worn the Canaris jersey for seven seasons in the last century.

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This is a short victory, without really taking advantage of the numerical superiority created by the exclusion of Koné (24e) for a second severe yellow card. With disastrous consequences for the teammates of Gradel.

To make matters worse, the Téfécé conceded a penalty from Kalifa Coulibaly just before the break (42).e). What make Kombouare furious after the referee, Mr. Batta, when returning to the locker room: "You want to spend a quiet afternoon? It is shameful, scandalous! "the New Caledonian was carried away.

The closed Loire Tribune, the Beaujoire had just the appearance of a fair with a young audience but cold (13,751 spectators only). It was mostly a festival of approximations, the technical quality remained in the cloakroom.

At 2-0, at eleven against ten, the Nantais had the ball of 3-0 when a wound wound of Bamba (62e) came close to Reynet's amount. The Toulousains still saved the honor in extra time when Leye Iseka converted a late penalty (90e+4), without succeeding in giving a semblance of smile to Kombouaré.

FC Nantes have not yet scored a two-goal victory this season, but still find the taste of victory and return to the top of the L1. But it will take more to resist Wednesday Parisians well rested, following the postponement of their match Sunday in Monaco because of bad weather on the Côte d'Azur.

  • Rennes 2 – 1 Saint-Etienne

Rennes hit again in the money time Sunday 1st December thanks to a goal from Damien Da Silva, which allowed his team to win against the Stéphanois (2-1). Undefeated in his last seven games, Saint-Etienne finally cracked leading to the first defeat of the era Claude Puel, head of the club since October.

Without Mathieu Debuchy, William Saliba, Yohan Cabaye, Romain Hamouma or Wahbi Khazr, the St Etienne still opened the scoring thanks to the first goal of the season of Loïs Diony (19e), whose performance is often pointed out.

Rennes did not give up and tied six minutes later thanks to a goal from Raphina. The expensive rookie of the last summer transfer window (21 million euros) finally begins to shine under the red and black jersey and goes on to score a third goal in as many games. The Rennais, dominating in the second half, had to wait untile minute and a header from their captain Damien Da Silva, left alone at the far post on a corner. With this victory, Rennes goes back to the 11e place and gets closer to his evening opponent, 9e at one point.

"It was not flamboyant, but it's a shame to let go of this point. It's always cruel, hard to accept. Compared to our course, playing every three days, we deserved this point of the draw ", commented Claude Puel, who will have to deal with a very busy Saint Etienne infirmary to which has just added his defender Loic Perrin, out on injury.


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