Brest and Rennes share points in Breton derby
Breton rivals Stade Brestois 29 and Stade Rennais FC had to share derby bragging rights after a fiery and fiesty goalless draw on Saturday.
Stade Brestois 29 0-0 Stade Rennais FC
Brest had started the season unbeaten in their opening three games before suffering a 3-0 loss at Nîmes Olympique just before the international break. Mathias Autret's sizzling drive suggested Olivier Dall'Oglio's men were keen to make amends in this first derby since April 2013 (8').
Rennes, whose 100 per cent start to the campaign ended against OGC Nice in Week 4, had record signing Rapinha in their starting XI for the first time, and the Brazilian gave a glimpse of why the Rouge-et-Noir had signed him when he fired first time only to see Gautier Larsonneur gather his shot (14').
Julien Stéphan's men were unbeaten in their previous four away games, but struggled to break down the hosts, whose compact bloc ensured their opponents talented individuals did not have the space or time to express themselves fully before the break.
Mbaye Niang's injury-enforced absence was being felt, but Rennes thought they had gone in front when Jérémy Gélin fired home from a Damien Da Silva knockdown (51') only for VAR to spot an offside. It was also used to spy a push by Jordan Siebatcheu in the build-up to the goal that Rapinha scored and that was also ruled out after a number of vociferous protests by the hosts (65').
Gaëtan Charbonnier fired over (77') as Brest sought to grab the three points and Breton bragging rights, and Larsonneur had to rush from his goal to block Rapinha's shot from a tight angle (88') before Edouard Mendy smartly turned away another Charbonnier effort (90+4) as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.
THE PLAYER: Gautier Larsonneur
The Brest goalkeeper has been a major reason behind his team's solid start to life back in the top flight. He was again Brest's top performer.
THE STAT: 11
This was the first time in 11 league games that Rennes had failed to score.