Rennes hold ten-man Lille

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports
07/02/2016

LOSC took the lead through Eder (42') before seeing Sofiane Boufal sent off (71'), and Rennes' pressure finally paid off when Ousmane Dembélé converted a late penalty (89').

 LOSC 1 - 1 Stade Rennais FC

After only two weeks at the club, the pressure was already mounting on new Rennes coach Rolland Courbis after back-to-back defeats to Girondins de Bordeaux and AS Saint-Etienne. The Bretons made a difficult start here, with goalkeeper Benoît Costil called into action three times in the opening half-hour.

Sofiane Boufal nearly scored a stunning seventh goal of the season on the volley, but his effort was turned around for a corner (18'). Rasping shots from Ibrahim Amadou (19') and Mounir Obbadi (28') were then plucked out of the air by Costil, who was showing the kind of form that saw him called up to Didier Deschamps' France squad for the friendly double-header against Germany and England last November.

Eder opens account

There was precious little Costil could have done about the opening goal, though. Boufal went from near-taker to maker, crossing the ball to the back post for an unmarked Eder, who made no mistake in converting his first goal since his transfer from Swansea on Monday, tapping home from close range (42').

Eder's afternoon was cut short at half-time after picking up a knee injury, but his replacement Yassine Benzia nearly made it 2-0 five minutes after the restart. However, after racing onto the end of Éric Bauthéac's through-ball he saw his effort saved by the irrepressible Costil (50').

Boufal sent off

If Costil was Rennes' star man then Boufal was Lille's, at least until he was given his marching orders by referee Johan Hamel for collecting two wholly avoidable yellow cards (65, 69). Without their playmaker - who will miss Saturday's trip to Paris Saint-Germain - LOSC found it difficult to keep Rennes at bay for the remainder of the match.

Paul-Georges Ntep flashed a shot wide (72') before earning a late penalty, with Adama Soumaoro guilty of handball on the box when under pressure from the former AJ Auxerre attacker. Dembélé, aged just 18, showed little hesitation in stepping up to take the spot-kick, and he converted to rescue a 1-1 draw (89'). LOSC stay 15th. Rennes, still without a win in Lille since 1966, are ninth.



>> Teamsheet








Your email has been successfully sent
OK