17-year-old Sarr sees off Rennes

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports
14/08/2016

Teenager Malang Sarr scored the only goal of the game as Nice beat Rennes 1-0 on a day when the victims of the July 14 terrorist attack were remembered.

OGC Nice 1-0 Stade Rennais FC 

THE MATCH

There was a minute's silence pre-match and both sides sported special shirts commemorating the 85 victims, whose names were read out prior to the first whistle.

Les Aiglons struck on the hour through a Sarr header to claim the three points in Lucien Favre's first match in charge. It was the only shot on target that Nice managed all match, but Christian Gourcuff's Rennes weren't precise enough in their finishing to take anything from their trip to the Allianz Riviera.

With the temperature 28 degrees centigrade in the shade at kick-off, this was never going to be a high-tempo affair.  Gourcuff named his son Yoann in the Rennes starting eleven and the former Ligue 1 player of the year drew the first save of the game from Yoan Cardinale with a volley.

Nice were much changed from the side that finished fourth last season under Claude Puel. Leading forwards Hatem Ben Arfa and Valère Germain have both moved on, as has Puel, and new boss Favre named a young side.

Rennes forward Giovanni Sio had a chance early in the second half, a few minutes before Sarr made the crucial breakthrough. Jean-Michaël Seri slung over a free-kick from the right and Sarr made the most of slack marking from Steven Moreira.

Adama Diakhaby, the 20-year-old who recently signed his first professional contract, stepped off the Rennes bench with 20 minutes to play and he came closest to an equaliser, heading against the crossbar in added time.

THE PLAYER: MALANG SARR

Wearing the number 34, without his name on his back, the France Under-17s international had a strong game at centre-half, one crowned by the goal he scored. Sarr displayed maturity beyond his tender years.

THE STAT: 5

Nice have won five of their last six home meetings with Rennes, having won none of the five prior to that.

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