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Round 9 review: Rennes down PSG, Lyon denied late

Publish on 04/10/2021 at 08:32 - L.DAVEY


Rennes brought PSG back down to earth and Saint Etienne showed that form counts for little on derby day. Lens won again whilst OM lost again. Check out the action as Ligue 1 Uber Eats delivered another weekend of drama and excitement.

Rennes put the breaks on PSG

Paris Saint-Germain's 100% start to the season came to an end after a 2-0 defeat at Rennes.


Gaëtan Laborde connected with a Kamaldeen Sulemana cross on the stroke of half time to put Rennes in front. Then, Flavian Tain smashed home the home side’s second (46'), one minute after the interval, to inflict a first defeat of the season on Mauricio Pochettino’s team. 


"We are unhappy because we had the best 25-30 minutes of the season," said a frustrated and disappointed Pochettino who saw his side create just one attempt on target in the 90 minutes. "The problem is, we didn't score. Conceding before and after half time was really tough for us."

A delighted Rennes Coach Bruno Genesio added: "We played brilliantly. We played with envy, solidarity and effort. The turning point of the game was Messi's free kick that hit the bar at 0-0. If it went in, it would have changed everything."

Saint Etienne rescue point in derby

Wahbi Khazri’s stoppage time penalty earned battling Saint Etienne a 1-1 draw at home to rivals Lyon in a fiercely-contested derby.

Houssem Aouar deservedly put OL ahead with a perfectly-placed finish (41') but Sainté were given a lifeline in the 74th minute when Lyon ‘keeper Anthony Lopes was sent off for handling outside of the area. Claude Puel’s side took advantage in the dying seconds as Khazri kept his cool to salvage a point.


"It was nice to see my players with this state of mind given our current situation," said a relieved Puel whose side still occupy last place on the table despite an encouraging display. "I congratulate them on their professionalism."

Meanwhile Lyon coach Peter Bosz opened up on his frustrations at the result.

"This result does not make sense to me," said the Dutch coach. "In the first half, Saint Etienne had two chances, we had nine, so being only 1-0 up at half time wasn't enough. We missed too many opportunities."

LOSC topple OM

LOSC recorded their third straight victory after a 2-0 victory over Marseille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Jonathan David continued his upturn in form, grabbing his fifth goal of the season from close range (28'). The Canada international did not have to wait long for his sixth of the campaign, with a stoppage time winner to make sure of the points. OM's Cengiz Under was dismissed late on for a high-footed challenge.


"I am happy with this result," said LOSC coach Jocelyn Gourvennec who is enjoying his best run of form at the club since taking charge in the summer. "The key was to impose our intensity against theirs and I feel that we won this battle. We adapted very well tactically and were clinical in the key moments."

Monaco heading in right direction

Monaco also made it three wins on the bounce after comfortably seeing off Bordeaux 3-0 at the Stade Louis II.

Goals from Aurélien Tchouaméni (35), Aleksandr Golovin (48') and a penalty from Wissam Ben Yedder (64'), sealed the points for Niko Kovac's side who now look more like the Monaco of last season after a tricky start to the current campaign.


"We deserved this victory," said Kovac who saw his side keep their first clean sheet of the season. "We are moving in the right direction, step by step. Being strong together helps us to win matches. This was an important win for us."

Lens strengthen grip on second place

Two goals from Arnaud Kalimuendo ensured Lens continued their excellent early-season form as they beat ten-man Reims 2-0 at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Kalimuendo opened the scoring from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Reims' striker Hugo Ekitike was penalised and subsequently sent-off following a reckless challenge on Lens' Kevin Danso. Kalimuendo then put the game beyond doubt with a low finish (52') meaning Lens went into the international break in second place on the table.


Galtier's influence showing

Christophe Galtier's magic touch continued to serve Nice well as they edged out winless Brest 2-1 at the Allianz Riviera.

Galtier had two of his defenders to thank after Jean-Clair Todibo's close-range finish put Nice ahead on the stroke of half-time then, left-back Melvin Bard started and finished off a wonderful team move (61'), to extend the home side's advantage.

Franck Honorat pulled one back for Brest in the final minute but Nice held on to claim maximum points.


Angers back to winning ways

Angers picked up their first win since late August after a last-gasp 3-2 win at home to Metz.

Mohamed-Ali Cho's strike for Angers (53') cancelled out Dylan Bronn's header (10'), to open the scoring for a Metz side languishing in the bottom three. Farid Boulaya put Metz in front again (58') but goals from Thomas Mangani (65') and substitute Stephane Bahoken in the third minute of stoppage time, moved Angers into fourth place on the table.


Nantes bounce back

Antoine Kombouaré's Nantes got themselves back on track after defeat at Reims last weekend, beating Troyes 2-0 at La Beaujoire.

Goals from Andrei Girotto (58') and Ludovic Blas from the penalty spot (69') were enough to move Les Canari's up to ninth on the table.


Draws at Montpellier and Lorient

Montpellier and Strasbourg played out a 1-1 draw at the Stade de la Mosson, a result that keeps both clubs comfortably in mid-table.

Florent Mollet's volley put the hosts in front (12') but a Kevin Gameiro goal (28') snatched a point on the road for Strasbourg.



Lorient and Clemont also shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw at the Stade du Moustoir. Mohamed Bayo scored his fifth goal of the season (15') to open the scoring for the visitors but Julien Laporte headed Lorient level (54'), to keep the home side's long unbeaten home run intact.






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