Rennes trump Paris
Ismaël Bangoura's 40th-minute strike was enough for Rennes to convert their domination of Paris into three points on Saturday night and climb to provisional fourth place on the Ligue 1 table.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Stade Rennais FC / Paris Saint-Germain : 1 - 0
Antoine Kombouaré’s side were left ruing not taking their chances as they dominated the first fifteen minutes of play, Turkey international striker Mevlut Erding hitting the post after neatly turning and firing into the side netting just minutes earlier.
Frédéric Antonetti’s side then took the reins of the match as Paris lapsed into the static and uninspired play that saw them share the points midweek with Lens 1-1.
Ludovic Giuly, handed a rare start by Kombouaré, was hardly in the game and the men from the capital could have used rested captain Claude Makelele’s steel in midfield as Rennes forwards Bangoura, Jérôme Leroy, Sylvain Marveaux and Asamoah Gyan created a string of chances.
The pressure paid off five minutes from the break when Alexander Tettey dummied a shot before playing in Gyan, who neatly found Bangoura in the area. The former Le Mans striker coolly side-footed past Apoula Edel in the Paris goal for the only game of the match.
The win is Rennes’ third consecutive home victory and their fourth in six matches, form that has taken them from 14th to provisional fourth place.
The loss is Paris’s second in six matches and sees them slip to provisional ninth place. While it’s not time for alarm bells just yet in terms of results, the quality of PSG’s play is slipping and coach Antoine Kombouaré needs turn things around to get his side moving back up the table.