Carrasso saves point for Bordeaux
By D. Crossan
Cédric Carrasso's stoppage time save of Giovanni Sio's penalty ensured Bordeaux left Rennes with a 2-2 draw after a dramatic close to the game.
Stade Rennais FC 2-2 Girondins de Bordeaux
Rennes are now without a home win in five matches, while Bordeaux's winless sequence on the road has now been extended to 11 games and Les Girondins languish in the second half of the table before their testing Europa League trip to Liverpool on Thursday.
Lamine Sané spurned the first clear chance for Bordeaux, the unmarked visiting captain eading a corner wide of goal. At the other end, Nicolas Pallois nearly sliced a Paul-Georges Ntep cross into his own goal with Cédric Carrasso wrongfooted.
Pallois later had to go off injured, feeling the after-effects of an early collision with Steven Moreira and Rennes made the most of it as Bordeaux attempted to reorganize, Ousmane Dembélé marking his first Ligue 1 start with his maiden goal.
The 18-year-old touched the ball back to Abdoulaye Doucouré who slipped it to Ntep on the left. Returning from a thigh injury that had sidelined him for six weeks, the French international unselfishly squared the ball to the back post where Dembéle tapped home from close range.
Benoît Costil in the Rennes goal had proved adept with the ball at his feet, getting the home team out of sticky situations. The goalkeeper then made important saves with his legs to keep out Wahbi Khazri and then Clément Chantôme as the game sprang into life following the Rennes opener.
Bordeaux equalised four minutes before the interval when Costil saved from Khazri and Enzo Crivelli, the France Under-21s forward, was there to snaffle up the rebound for his second Ligue 1 goal of the season.
The second half also saved its drama for the closing stages. Rennes supersub Kamil Grosicki stepped off the bench to curl in a fabulous left-footed shot from outside the box after being set up by Doucouré. All four of the Polish international's Ligue 1 goals this season have been scored as a substitute.
Again the lead did not last long as Diego Contento showed quick feet to eliminate Fallou Diagne and then provided an emphatic finish for his first Bordeaux Ligue 1 goal, making him the first German scorer in the top division in the country since Olivier Bierhoff in 2001.
Adam Ounas lost out in a one-on-one with Costil, and Sio had a goal disallowed for offside in a game which still had one final twist.
The hosts were awarded a penalty when Steven Moreira's cross struck the arm of Clément Chantôme, who finished the game at centre-half after skipper Lamine Sané went off injured. Pallois was shown a red card for contesting the decision from the bench.
Carrasso went the right way and Rennes' woeful record from the penalty spot continued. Sio's kick was at a nice height for the goalkeeper, and Bordeaux hung on for the point despite one additional scare when Diagne backheeled narrowly wide.