Cheyrou strike takes Rennes second
Rennes have moved up to second in Ligue 1 after Bruno Cheyrou's first-half goal proved enough to give Guy Lacombe's side a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-German on Sunday.
Sunday November 30, 2008
Stade Rennais FC / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 0
Having beaten Lyon 1-0 last weekend, PSG arrived in Brittany with ambition, but Paul Le Guen saw his team outclassed by a lineup picked by the man who succeeded him at the Parc des Princes.
Rennes started the game like a side on a 13-match unbeaten run and only a magnificent tip onto the bar by Mickaël Landreau prevented Mickaël Pagis from giving the home side the lead.
When tigerish midfielder Stéphane Mbia went off injured six minutes later, Lacombe was forced to reshuffle, but his introduction of Cheyrou would prove fruitful.
The former Liverpool midfielder, who has been used sparingly this season, picked up a loose ball twenty-five metres from goal in the final minute of the half before lashing a left-foot shot past Landreau for his third goal in eight games.
In an open second period, both Landreau and his opposite number Nicolas Douchez were called upon to make saves, with the home keeper denying both Jérôme Rothen and Sylvain Armand with excellent stops to earn his side all three points.