Aymen Abdennour’s dream evening during Rodez’s exploit in Monaco

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Aymen Abdennour’s dream evening during Rodez’s exploit in Monaco

We hadn’t seen him on Ligue 1 pitches for almost five years, it was with Marseille in the spring of 2018, before he disappeared from the circuit: OM reserve for a year, then Valence, the Turkey, Qatar and this unexpected return to Rodez, in the last days of last August, at 33 years old. Before lighting up this Coupe de France match against his former club, Aymen Abdennour had only played three matches with his new team, and then again, bits and pieces.

His first and only tenure of the season dated from October 1, against Amiens (0-1), and then Saturday, as in a dream, his first big game for a long time. An undeniable increase in defensive power in a high-level second period, the comeback goal at 2-2, in the 80th minute, which did so much harm to ASM, then, three minutes later, the armband recovered in Boissier, when the latter left. The Tunisian was the captain of Rodez when the penalty shoot-out started, he went there first, he scored and the others almost all followed.

A dream evening, unthinkable two months ago, when a bad crutch had kept him away from the field. “I am almost 34 years old, I have experience, I have played in Europe and I was even captain in Qatar. I have to be motivating for others and I have been, he said when he left the locker room. When we conceded the two goals, we had a headache, but we got up. We made a 2nd half of very high level ». Not sure, however, that he can continue on Tuesday against Niort.

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