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Sarr penalty earns Rennes draw at Toulouse

Publish on 05/05/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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Ismaïla Sarr netted a second-half penalty to allow Stade Rennais FC to come away from their trip to Toulouse FC on Sunday with a 2-2 draw.

Toulouse FC  2 - 2  Stade Rennais FC 

THE MATCH

Rennes seem to enjoy this score-line all of a sudden - they beat Paris Saint-Germain on penalties after a 2-2 draw in last weekend's Coupe de France final and then blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with AS Monaco in midweek. The outcome was the same at Le Stadium in this encounter, as the Bretons took the lead, fell behind and then came back to earn a point.

Back in the team after suspension kept him out in midweek, Niang gave Rennes the lead late in the first half when he controlled a long ball forward on the left wing and cut inside before curling a low shot into the far corner (35').

It was his 12th goal of the campaign in all competitions, but Toulouse were soon back on level terms. Damien Da Silva was guilty of a handball in the box, and Jimmy Durmaz stepped up to convert the resulting penalty (41').

TFC then went in front six minutes into the second half thanks to Matthieu Dossevi. Durmaz sent in a free-kick from the right and Dossevi got enough of a head on it to beat Tomas Koubek in the Rennes goal.

Sanogo punished

However, Rennes hauled themselves back level again as they won a penalty of their own just before the hour mark. Yaya Sanogo was adjudged to have fouled Niang in the box, and this time Sarr made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-2.

Max-Alain Gradel then hit the post at the other end with quarter of an hour remaining, but it ended in a draw. It is just one win in seven for Alain Casanova's Toulouse, but their only defeat in their last nine home Ligue 1 outings was a narrow reverse at the hands of PSG.

They are surely safe now, while Rennes' hopes of a top-half finish contnue to fade as they remain without a win in the league since March 10.

THE PLAYER: Ismaïla Sarr

The Senegal international forward has been one of the stars for Rennes in a memorable campaign but he had not scored a league goal since Julien Stéphan's appointment in early December before netting their equaliser from the spot in the second half here. It was his sixth league goal of the season and his 11th in all competitions.

THE STAT: 8

Rennes have now gone eight league games without a win, but their season will be remembered for their Cup victory.