Durmaz stars as Toulouse take down Rennes
Jimmy Durmaz scored two penalties as Toulouse FC beat Stade Rennais FC in a thrilling Ligue 1 Conforama game 3-2 on Saturday.
Toulouse FC 3-2 Stade Rennais FC
After losing at AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in their two away matches so far this term — conceding nine goals in total — the hosts must have been happy to return home where they had picked up their only points of the campaign prior to kick-off.
But they had traditionally struggled against Rennes, failing to win any of their last four matches in the south-west against the Bretons, and the visitors again made life uncomfortable.
Just seven minutes in, Alban Lafont's punch to Faitout Maouassa's free-kick landed at the feet of Firmin Mubele, who took a sidestep before crashing a drive off a post and into the net (7').
Ramy Bensebaini also found the woodwork with a header but this time fortune favoured the hosts (23') and Pascal Dupraz's men capitalised. Durmaz, brought down by Bensebaini, fired home from the spot to level (35'). It was the Sweden international's second goal of the Ligue 1 Conforama season.
Mubele (36') and Wergiton Somalia (53') might have added a goal for either side and Durmaz, particularly in form, forced a save from Raïs M'Bolhi (57') before Issa Diop smashed a half-volley beyond the Rennes goalkeeper following Christopher Jullien's intelligent knockdown (58').
M'Bolhi's reflexes denied the hosts a third when a wicked ricochet sent the ball spinning goalwards (61'), and the value of the save doubled when Ismaila Sarr chased down a long, hopeful pass, and squeezed between a hesitant Jullien and an indecisive Lafont to snatch a leveller (66').
The drama was not done there. Barely off the bench, Corentin Jean's burst into the box was halted by an untidy challenge from Benjamin Bourigeaud — after referee Frank Schneider had pointed to the spot, and sent a rather too vocal Morgan Amalfitano off for a second bookable offence, Durmaz coolly netted his second spot-kick of the match (71').
THE PLAYER: Jimmy Durmaz
The Swede is starting to look very much at home in south-west France. The right-side forward has been his team's most impressive performer in the opening four games, and the former Olympiacos man has already improved on the two goals he got in the whole of last season.
THE STAT: 40
M'Bolhi, who was making his Rennes debut, became the first Algerian goalkeeper to play in Ligue 1 Conforama in the last four decades.